Last year will be remembered as a one of change for women. Perhaps not all women, but for those with a professional headshot, 2017 was a time of glorious advancement. At the Golden Globe awards, Oprah Winfrey was appointed Fantasy President by a press she praised for “insatiable dedication” that bravely took place “under siege”. Locally, Tracey Spicer accepted an Australia Day honour for her journalism uncovering sexual abuse in the media sector. The magazine Time made the #MeToo movement its Person of the Year. If one were a media worker in 2017, it was difficult not to believe in an epochal transformation.
If one were a typical media consumer, though, 2017 was likely to look rather different. Journalists and celebrities may continue to believe quite absolutely in their power to transform reality. Meantime, media itself has been trashed in the public understanding. The reality that media workers seek, often very earnestly, to shift is one with which only media workers, and perhaps their admirers, are familiar. This is a “reality” that believes its own foundation to be communication. Communication is now perceived by media workers as the basis from which reality itself springs.