Relativity and Rosen / by dan turner

Jay Rosen makes some good points in his "View from Nowhere" post. The idea of an impartial position is an important (if fairly recent) framework in journalism, but its limitations and problematic aspects have become the story in the last few years. Perhaps we should extend the metaphor of "position", relative to this framework. Einstein showed that the idea of simultaneity is a false one, and that velocity only is meaningful in terms of a frame of reference. Acceleration, however, was a real effect. Perhaps a way out of this "neutral position" muddle is to measure reportorial/editorial voices not just in comparison to some "liberal" or "conservative" North star, but by the change between these positions. We could call that "media literacy" or something.