Interview with Pax Dickinson on corruption in journalism and how he’s gonna fix it

It’s over here at TheDC. Check it out:

TheDC: What is, and what convinced you to the media needed to be taken on?

Dickinson: After what happened to me, I saw the same keep happening. Over the past year media behavior seems to have been getting progressively worse. The Brendan Eich incident, him being fired from Mozilla. The Matt Taylor incident, him being forced to give a tearful apology for wearing a shirt. And also GamerGate. It just seemed like a lot of threads were coming together and that the battlefield might be ready for something like this project to succeed.

TheDC: Aren’t there already media watchdogs, like Media Matters or the Media Research Center?

Dickinson: We’re different from those other groups because we aren’t politically partisan. We don’t represent team red or team blue, we’re with Team Grey. We are partisan to the internet generation and that libertarian-inflected free-speech-valuing culture. I think a lot of people out there are especially furious with the media right now, and this latest NYT outrage will only deepen the feeling. I woke up to the NYT’s Julie Bosman’s dox in my inbox this morning. She was one of the writers of that article doxxing Darren Wilson.

One comment

  1. Interesting project. I can’t see it getting much traction, ultimately. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think the Internet needs another Conservopedia. The problem his project doesn’t address is this: there’s no unscrewing the pooch. The media has been overtaken by partisans who are more than happy to trade deference to “the system” in exchange for access (and eventually for a cushy administration or PR job). Journo-pedia isn’t going to change this fact.

    Pax wasn’t fired because he “went off the Twitter reservation.” Pax was fired because he embarrassed his employer. We’ve gradually exchanged online anonymity for the false promise of an audience/real-world influence (hah!), but the flip side of that is that everything we say has to be SFW. Here’s a related thought: Journalism is one of a small handful of professions (“professional” professions) in which its practitioners are free to say whatever the heck they want on social media, with the assumption that they’re speaking independently and not for their employer. How’s that for fair?


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