As a Journalist, I can say without a doubt, if I could go back in time, I might reconsider my profession. I love the job description itself, but in a digital world definitions change. Data journalism has become a dominating field in the industry, and although it may seem like that would make the job simpler, it’s only made our job more challenging.
In 2015 the New York Times published an article that went against everything we had learned since childhood. This finding went against the advice from teachers, parents and elders. The article that went on to change our perception on things was titled “No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water A Day” . This finding left me skeptical. Since I could remember, I went out of my way, to criticize myself for not drinking enough water. I felt as though society had lied to me, without even realizing it themselves. I became distrusting of the entire popular science community and began to question everything that popped up in my newsfeed from the keto diet to breathing exercises.
A great deal of what we know today comes from those who took the time to research, document and share their findings with the world. We’ve learned a lot through social science experiments, and sometimes when we are left between a rock and a hard place we dive into our knowledge and pull up a statistic or think back to something we’ve read before to help form a decision.
“Attention all TTC customers, we’re experiencing a delay”, if you’ve lived in the city of Toronto this announcement is all too familiar. In the process of hearing this sentence almost daily, we’ve all felt completely helpless to it. In reality, what can we do when our subway gets stuck in a dark underground path between two stations?
With public transit there is give and take. We can’t expect luxury, but what we can hope for is efficiency and not feeling like a sardine every single day. Think back to the frustration you’ve felt watching a bus go by because the schedule displayed a certain time, and your gullible-self thought you had enough time to grab a coffee before your morning commute.