The Bright Reporter


What is it about this word ‘Objective’? Why does everybody and his aunt want to be ‘Objective’?

There is no a priori reason why ‘Objectivity’ is any better than ‘Subjectivity’. It simply reflects the muted suspicion that truth is independent of me and my views [one of which is ‘me’].


It’s like if you weren’t objective, you believed in Santa Claus [whose hard to locate these days, fearing gender and race discrimination lawsuits]. Even Art Critics hint at objective criteria for high-art, known of course only to the Critic.

So I’m watching this interview about the making of a documentary on the bomb-scarred children of Afghanistan.

‘I couldn’t take it anymore’ the lady film-maker said. ‘It was all too traumatic. So I stopped the film, brought some of the children back to the U.S. and returned to complete the documentary.’

‘Oh!’ interrupted the bright reporter ‘But didn’t that make your documentary less objective?’

As an aside, estimates of U.S. expenditure alone in the 16-year war in Afghanistan now range from around $800 Billion [with a ‘B’] to $2 Trillion.

How many schools would that have built to replace the deranged Madrasahs? And how many Islamic clerics and warlords want to take on an irate mother late for class?