Jay Rosen offers it:
...if objectivity means trying to ground truth claims in verifiable facts, I am definitely for that. If it means there’s a “hard” reality out there that exists beyond any of our descriptions of it, I agree. If objectivity is the requirement to acknowledge what is, regardless of whether we want it to be that way, then I want journalists who can be objective in that sense. Don’t you?
If it means trying to see things in that fuller perspective Thomas Nagel talked aboutpulling the camera back, revealing our previous position as only one of manyI would second that motion. If it means the struggle to get beyond the limited perspective that our experience and upbringing afford us… yeah, we need more of that, not less. I think there is value in acts of description that do not attempt to say whether the thing described is good or bad. Is that objectivity? If so, I’m all for it, and I do that myself sometimes. The View from Nowhere is my attempt to isolate the element in objectivity that we don’t need, and give a name to it.
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