"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
Yeah, I think journalists should need a licence, with a view to keeping a record on how reputable they and the news bodies they represent are.
''Who would have the authority to grant or revoke such a license, and what privileges would such a license convey to the holder? ''
I dont have a firm answer on these, but I am thinking towards everybody should be allowed to have the licence given by an official journalist licence body. They should not revoke any licences, but they should keep records on use and abuse of the journalist rights the holder of the licence has displayed. It could be done a bit like in the way Amnesty keeps records of all human rights abuses that come to their attention, and makes them available to the public.
''If everyone gets a license and a license never gets revoked, that makes the licenses useless.''
In the US for example, it is already easy to become a journalist. I met an American journalist in Kyrgyzstan, who was working in China. She said, the requirement for her and others to become a journalist was a dare devil attitude, no ties, and clerical speed and accuracy to get the news back to the US before the Chinese authorities could intervene. She did not need to have any qualification from a school for it
Also, news bodies are starting to encourage reports from ordinary people, who just happen to be in a hot spots when something breaks out.
Id say, it is up to us to interpret the news we receive, with the help of a reputation system for individuals reporting, since just about anybody is allowed to report the news anyway. We could read the news with a view to how reputable the reporter is. ie are they a tourist with no agenda maybe or a journalist with a licence and a good or bad reputation. I think more open reporting may be one way to override bias in the news, because we will have a larger field to assess.
I'm completely in agreement, but now it sounds like you've decided that licensing isn't necessary.
I'm so confused!