Investigative Journalism is crucial. More than ever in turbulent times it is essential to read competent investigative journalism.
By contrast there is ‘mass media persuasion’. – which is from ‘Rulers’ who want power and don’t want dissent. Newspapers or tabloids like Daily Mail or Daly Express or Sun are emphatically NOT about presenting balances views (as some older voters believe) and they are controlled by the British establishment. They present only one point of view.
Literature is also about many diverse voices. Excellent article on the importance of the Arts and literature is particular, by Glasgow university professor Alan Riach on the Power of Mass Persuasion. (The National March)
Recently the New York Times and the Washington Post have had a surge in subscribers as Americans seek to find out what is really going on.
The National Newspaper runs Investigative Journalism.
Some may falsely believe the National is only one point of view – it is not! It carries right and left articles, in depth articles by Professors and experienced political journalists.
Channel Four news uses investigative journalist – in recent days they have been interviewing non-politicians and commentators, to look seriously at the issues around Scot Ref and Brexit. Rather than empty Political Rhetoric. They have uncovered Tory over spend in election.
As a direct result of the 2008 economic crash, after which nothing has changed in the UK, people are desperate for change, any kind of change! The trouble is the far right has taken over arguments with blaming immigrants! They mix immigrants numbers with people we need here – students, EU workers, and with Refugees.
The best way to have debate is through informed discussion, and NOT by throwing around insults. Politicians need to learn this too and they dont' in Westminster that's for sure!