The myth of equality in an unequal world

2015-01-12 15:00

One of the first things I learnt in journalism school, at the age of 17, was that objectivity is a myth – that it is impossible to be “objective” when the way you see and understand the world, as well as the words you write (and don’t write), colour your manner of story-gathering and storytelling, whether you like it or not.

And this week the fact that Charlie Hebdo offended “everyone equally” has been repeatedly mentioned as though this were a good thing. On the surface, yes it is. They went after everyone.

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