Arianna recently appeared at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford to discuss the theme of "Lost In Noise: Amplifying Untold Stories In An Age Of Flux." The Forum, as described on its website, "is the premier, international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social issues."
During the panel discussion, Arianna explained that the media has a "false sense of objectivity."
"The idea that an objective media reporter should not take a stand on global warming, on evolution, practically on whether the Earth is flat or not, you know, not quite, but that's what makes a reporter objective, that I sit here and I interview on the one hand Carl Pope talking about the dangers and the opportunities, etc, around climate change, and on the other side Senator James Inhofe, for example, who believes that global warming is a fraud, and my job is to simply give them a forum, and let the public decide. Now just think of it. This is absurd."
She continued, "the media have been largely responsible for what is happening around big existential threats, because they have this Pontius Pilate approach to the truth. It's as though there is no such thing as truth."
As Arianna explains, another problem with the modern media is the habit of looking at issues "through the prism of right vs. left."
"You cannot look at the biggest problems of our time through this prism," said Arianna.
On the future of newspapers, she stated, "I don't actually see newspapers ending at all. I see a hybrid future where more and more of the best newspapers ... are adopting the best things of the web, and where digital natives like The Huffington Post are adopting the best of traditional journalism."
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