There’s more room for constructive criticism in tech journalism

The difference between journalism and criticism is ingrained in most newsrooms, Nausicaa Renner writes, where reporters are expected to stay as objective as possible, while critics rely on the strength of their opinions and arguments. But in tech journalism, Renner writes that criticism is often viewed as objecting to progress. But in a new report by Tow Center fellow Sara Watson, she argues that there’s room for more constructive criticism in tech journalism and it doesn’t have to be pessimistic. Watson writes that constructive criticism “skews toward optimism, or at least toward an idea that future technological societies could be improved” and there’s an opportunity to offer readers “tools and framings for thinking about their relationship to technology and their relationship to power. Beyond intellectual arguments, constructive criticism…offers frameworks for living with technology.”