Four pillars of journalism

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I mentioned on Twitter and Facebook that I was going to show a clip — the one above — from “The Big Lebowski” to one of my classes at UNC. I wondered whether any students had seen the 1998 cult classic. Most respondents said probably not, but they were well beyond college age and are more of the “nothing-on-Saturday-Night-Live-now-compares-with-the-Aykroyd/Belushi-years” variety. (I’ll let you know after class how many have seen it.)

Paul Jones, who is an associate professor at UNC and seems to embody the Dude as much as anyone this side of Jeff Bridges, watched the scene above and concluded, “this was journalistic conversation; it includes cursing, drinking, gossip & cynicism. The 4 Pillars of Journalism.”

Exactly.

4 thoughts on “Four pillars of journalism

  1. The fifth pillar of newspaper journalism was….men. Male dominance. Male gaze. Male names on mastheads, with ‘token’ women added, grudgingly.
    {In Tampa, at the Tribune, women in the newsroom got a 33% raise, all at once, when an EEOC complaint was filed. By *one* woman….}
    Don’t kid yourselves.
    Men ruled.
    And they muffed it.

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  3. I couldn’t resist…

    “Walter Sobchak: Now so far, we have what appears to me to be a series of victimless crimes.
    The Dude: What about the toe?
    Walter Sobchak: Forget about the f**king toe!
    Coffee Shop Waitress: Excuse me, sir. Could you please keep your voices down? This is a family restaurant.
    Walter Sobchak: Oh please, dear? For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint.”

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