The main aim of Wonk Bridge is to depart from the prevailing media paradigm that prizes the ‘What’ of news, to focus on the ‘Why’. This is reflected in everything from our editorial decisions, which prize comprehensive analysis and serial treatments of important subjects, to the design choices you see on this site, which have been tailored to abet your acquisition of knowledge and understanding. We understand that you, our readers, are generally subjected to a news process that assaults your consciousness with distended information. Our editorial mission, therefore, is twofold.
Firstly, we aim to cultivate a feeling of urbane, serene contemplation, fit for immersion in difficult topics.
Secondly, that from this immersion our readers emerge more informed, with a more confident grasp of the world and its events, than when they first came in contact with Wonk Bridge.
“Wonk Bridge is not a news company, or an information company. It’s a knowledge company.”
The primary currency of our output is the News Series. While we publish a host of one-off articles – including our 5 Minuter Almanac, and specialist columns by select contributors – we believe that the best way to build a full and nuanced understanding of important issues is to follow them serially and faithfully throughout their entire gestation period. Where most news outlets stop when an issue reaches its sell-by date in the conventional news cycle, Wonk Bridge keeps going.
We see no reason why a well-written article, and news series, cannot hold all of the clarity and rigorous substantiation of a Wikipedia article, while being as readable as fine literature. We’ve found that the News Series gives us the fullest means of bringing valuable information to our readership’s attention, and allows us as individuals and collectives to come up with brand new systematic concepts for the understanding of our digital world.
Our work on concepts like Prolatism, the Triadic register, non-descriptive language, The Digital Reformation, and the Commentariat itself are all largely original to Wonk Bridge, alongside various other coinages.
Our surveys of the wider epistemological landscape – in news and beyond – have led us to disbelief in the current existence of a robust school of ethics and principles that allow the given individual to apprehend the conditions of the world, cultivate change, and live a full and rewarding life of which learning and conversation is a natural component.
To these ends, Wonk Bridge has sought to cultivate our own brand of Digital Humanism. This school of thinking bears some relation to the Digital Humanities as a young academic discipline, but acolytes of that new tradition may notice some separatism in our definition, and should not take it as given that our own form of Digital Humanism intends to speak for all others’.
Wonk Bridge’s Digital Humanism is comprised of the following attributes:
Interdisciplinary, seeing more potential for both creativity and understanding in the refusal to recognise the way in which knowledge is siloed, and to bring in diverse means of perspective as a means of generating sharper and brighter insights.
Oriented towards serial thinking and the erection of systematic structures of understanding; this is the foundation of our News Series concept.
Taking a dim view of technologies that reduce the dignity of personal- or working-life – for instance, by incentivising anti-competitive practices, by reducing the bargaining power of labour, by increasing means for exploitation or abuse, however innocent of intention.
Political agnosticism and defiant pluralism. We are not interested in stoking polemic or entertaining persons who are cartoonish hosts for a particular political ideology; we are, however, passionately interested in surfacing stories which have heretofore been unexpressed, suppressed, or met with indifference by more traditional publications.
Wonk Bridge is anti-monopolist, and will not endorse any corporate entity that seeks to do business by monopolistic practices. It is a pro-labour organisation (‘labour’ to be understood in relation to an undifferentiated workforce, not in relation to any political party of the same name).
Pro-applied ends. We don’t want to just idly speculate on the issues we surface – we want to help structure our observations into solution. We see business and commerce as highly effective potential means of accomplishing this.
Community-oriented, in knowledge acquisition and in the way in which we go about assessing, refining and actioning this knowledge.
In many respects, Wonk Bridge’s Digital Humanism is its editorial philosophy, and by far the strongest influence on its journalistic operations.