What’s a word to describe the paradigm of an individual or institution? Tyler Cowen recently uses ‘orientation’ when referring to journals, so perhaps that’s best.
I’m wondering if it’s worth having a meta-level lexicon for orientations to help clarify the lens through which we input media. The NY Times – Fox News continuum is somewhat referential, but what subtle shifts have taken place at those institutions over time? Did Roger Ailes’ departure change the orientation of Fox News? Did the Times’ editorial purge? How can we convey those shifts to help educate readers?
I prefer to digest media as recommended by different individuals, like Mr. Cowen, because by reading their output over time I’ve formed an idea of their orientation and believe that to be more consistent than that of an institution that is comprised of multiple individuals. Is there a way to clearly convey the idea of an orientation to someone with no prior knowledge of the individual?
One reason for the this blog is that I might impart enough information to give myself (and I suppose, others) an idea of my orientation. As with most things, this is not a simple distinction but a slow moving target surrounded by noise:
I believe that the act of being conscious of ‘orientation’ will encourage us to question prior beliefs and challenge the echo chamber silos have become more prevalent.