Journalism, Social Media and the Internet in the 21st Century


There have been frequent not-so-subtle attacks on social media (in particular, blogging and Twitter) by mainstream journalists in recent times and quite frankly, I’m sick of hearing about it.  350169275b2e5e0b6dao508tq4

There is hardly a day that goes by without reading the same old boring rhetoric coming from these ‘Traditional News Outlets’ about how bloggers do not deliver the same calibre of content, or how irrelevant a social network (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) is. 

An example?  This isn’t a credible technology news report, it’s junk journalism.

Sorry guys, that isn’t news.  Journalists are so busy trying to discredit sites like Twitter that do they have time to do any real reporting?

The comic on the right is probably an accurate representation of how big media feels about Internet bloggers.

Obviously, I’m aware of the inherent conflict of interest – complaining about journalists who complain about bloggers by writing a blog entry about it – however, my aim is offer a challenge to these professional journalists: create better content to demonstrate to us why there is a difference between blogging and professional journalism.

We hear so much about how bloggers are generally useless (leaving people perhaps under the impression that the common blogger hasn’t the slightest modicum of integrity) – I’d like to challenge members of mainstream journalism to actually live up to their own billing and provide us with some journalistic integrity and reports on real news,

We’ve been witness to some shockingly biased “news” coverage in the past eight years, especially post-9/11, and I think we deserve better journalism.  Sites like Twitter allow information to flow more freely, but the signal-to-noise ratio is very high. 

The quality is sketchy, but again you get what you pay for. 

If news outlets demand a price for news, they should provide newsworthy content.  The rash of garbage we’ve been subjected to as ‘news’ is simply unacceptable, and the attacks on social media are juvenile to boot.

[Comic Source: http://carocat.co.uk/2007/11/14/consider-it-blogged-why-bloggers-cant-be-trusted/]


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