Le chirurgien citoyen

Décidément, les métaphores servant à illustrer les dangers de l’amateurisme se multiplient. Après le “coiffeur citoyen” (remarquez que le potentiel de danger est assez bas, ici), voici que Dan Gillmor répond à un type qui propose de règlementer la pratique du journalisme citoyen, et qui évoque entre autres à titre d’exemples, le chirurgien et l’avocat citoyens.

Selon Gillmor, la comparaison est assez boiteuse :

“Hazinski treads on the thinnest ice when he compares journalists with surgeons and lawyers, people who go to school for years and pass extremely difficult tests to earn the right to practice. There has never been such a requirement in journalism — ever. Nor should there be, for several reasons including the fact that a) some of the best journalists have never taken a college course on the subject; b) the skills required are simply not that hard to learn; and c) journalism is not a profession in the sense of being a lawyer or doctor. Journalism is a craft — a valuable and honorable one, but still a craft.

The analogy is absurd even if we pretend that journalism is a profession. We don’t go to the doctor (at least I don’t) to remove a splinter. We take a pin, sterilize it with flame and/or alcohol and remove it ourselves. We have, at some level, done a minor act of surgery.”

Si tous peuvent pratiquer le journalisme, tous ne peuvent pas bien le faire. Il reste à nous donner les moyens et l’encadrement pour que le journalisme civique soit utile…

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