I think people should use words like ‘heteronormative’ more often. I had no idea it existed, but I knew what it meant immediately upon reading it. When included in the phrase
heteronormative, white, elitist opinions
I was bowled over. Fantastic. Such language can only originate from the product of an elite university education. Here we are at the very pinnacle of western civilisation.
So long story short – journalism student gets an internship at the Herald Sun, is totally appalled by the experience and writes up the horror in the uni newspaper.
Men were also continuously and unnecessarily sexist, waiting for me to walk through doors and leave the elevator before them.
I’m so ashamed – I do that all the time, waiting for females to go through doors and the like – just part of my elitist, heteronormative, white way of doing things I guess. Mind you I suspect this person would be in her early twenties so I’m a bit surprised that she hadn’t encountered this sort of thing before.
In all seriousness there is something fundamentally wrong with a journalism education that leads to comments like this:
Newspapers aren’t just stories.They’re not scraps of paper with people’s opinions scrawled on them. They are a key component in democracy, in reflecting and sustaining social commentary and values. They affect politics, sports, crime,campaigns—hell, they can even sway you on what to eat for dinner.
All of that is true – but secondary. First thing is to sell newspapers – tell the story, get the news out, do it well, and then all those good things follow.
Earlier this year the Australian had a piece on journalism schools and the divide between academic and practice in Australia.
Now the field of journalism studies has become much more academic and teachers are more distant from the concerns of working journalists.”
Now I understand that divide exists and isn’t always for the worse but here is the problem:
Chris Mitchell, editor-in-chief of The Australian, believes the problem is both cultural and political. “The media studies academic class is far removed from the concerns of viewers and readers and is engaged in a sociological project to change the world in its image. That is, to infect people with progressive left ideology,” he says.
The media studies class is so infected with postmodernism, facts no longer matter to it.
I suspect that someone who carries an about ‘heteronormative, white, elitist opinion’ is not going to be employable in any media or public relations position.
Lose the attitude, get a work ethic, and you can be as bolshie as you like, after you’ve proven yourself.
Update: 50 shades of pomo written by our intern – probably not work safe if you worry about such things.