the world debate
Page One of today’s national edition of The New York Times featured a huge headline. Almost half the page was devoted to the topic … the Supreme Court’s decisions on Wednesday.
IN CASE YOU MISSED the enormity of the story about the Supreme Court’s gay rights decisions, just check out the national edition of The New York Times today.
The two deck, six-column, all CAPS headline says a great deal.
Editors always use graphic elements to communicate messages most readers perceive only sub-consciously. This is a lesson journalism students learn everywhere.
But wait! There’s more!
The topic of equal rights for gay and lesbian folk everywhere has risen to the top of the global agenda.
The BBC program “World have your say,” broadcast from London at about 18:00 GMT, covered the issue from several different locations in Africa and Asia – including the views of a blogger from Cape Town!
Wow! My birthplace and former hometown. The Rainbow Nation.
The website of the BBC News World Service program World have your say today at about 10 a.m. PDT….18:00 GMT.
SOUTH AFRICA HAS BEEN a progressive leader on gay rights. In, fact it was one of the first countries on earth to have a gay rights clause written into its first democratically drafted constitution 1992.
The BBC World Service web site also devotes the entire top portion to the issue.
A huge quote leads, under a 1:49 video clip.
“We would rather have a wonderful, amazing daughter than a son who wasn’t going to be with us much longer.”
Kathryn recounts when they knew their son, now 6, wanted to be treated as a girl.
The smaller subhead underneath places the story in the context of Wednesday’s events in the U.S.
“The US Supreme Court overturns a law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman…” it says.
Well, absolute truth is a fleeting phenomenon. That headline may be somewhat true today, although it is less so than it was yesterday.
But it almost certainly will be less true tomorrow … and in the generations to come.
Journalists struggle to present the best version of the truth as we know it at this time. That is the best we can do.
But “truth” mutates; what is true right now, may not be in half an hour … or six months from now.
The truth about gay rights is just such a phenomenon. It is a moving target.
Nailing it down is difficult at best, impossible at worst.
At least people In the (K)now around the world are now talking about the subject. That, indeed, is progress.