This is my first post to the Salad Bowl; so please let me know if I did something wrong. In this post I'd like to discuss racism* and "burnout" as it affects us both as producers (writers) of media, and as consumers (readers) of media.
Last week, the magazine Matter published "The Racism Beat" by Cord Jefferson. In the piece, Jefferson discusses his experiences writing about racism in contemporary American media. He talks about how being contacted to write about "another" story of an American saying something racist and stupid caused him to think about how media deals with the issue of racism and his position as a writer of this. As I read through the piece, one thing became apparent; Jefferson was suffering from burnout.