Thesh wrote:You can eliminate the profits by running news as consumer cooperatives.
It is difficult to see how running it as a consumer cooperative would help when the issue is that the lack of the consumers' interest in the subject makes it less profitable.
Yeah, it doesn't work that way; you are assuming that people and rational are purely motivated to maximize their personal preferences for
information. It doesn't work that way; hell, the media deliberately publishes stories with misleading titles for the sake of getting clicks.
idonno wrote:I'd argue that there is already an ethical obligation that they are not living up to and it has zero consequences for them so what happens if they don't live up to this ethical obligation?
There is no obligation if there is no consequences. I really don't feel like explaining how these questions have already been answered in the myriad of other professions that have ethical obligations and oversight.
idonno wrote:Who determines how much people's lives are affected?
How do we economics? The journalists have to justify their own stories, in the same way that doctors have to justify medicine, and researchers have to justify the usefulness of their research.
idonno wrote:Shouldn't more priority be given to things that people can realistically influence rather than simply information about something bad that they can't fix?
If someone can't realistically influence something that is having a major impact in their lives, then that is a major fucking issue that needs to be corrected.
idonno wrote:Reality is complicated and I doubt you can design a system of enforcing any sort of obligation that is not open to several attack vectors for abuse and I really doubt an unenforced ethical obligate will do anything since we already have that.
"Information is complicated, so let's not even make an attempt to discuss solutions for the problem and just agree that a system that is obviously failing to inform people about the things that affect them is the best we can have."
You know how you solve the problem? By creating an environment where bad information can be called out before it becomes the narrative.
Summum ius, summa iniuria.