“Simple equation: free, open uncontrollable Internet versus shackled newspapers equals no newspapers. Let’s get real” – Rupert Murdoch
In a world where everyone is a publisher, news is no longer a pre-packaged product. It is no longer sold to us to passively consume, such as in the days of the legacy media’s predominance. Thanks to the internet, open access to news is now achievable. However, like all things, it comes at a cost. The distributed journalism model, although great for citizen journalists, and the breaking down of narrow control over news content, means the removal of the quality filters that legacy gatekeepers protect. So, while we all have the freedom to post whatever we want (and call it news) we must be weary of where our news comes from, and if it can be trusted. So, this week, I concocted a satirical gif which depicts the joy of the distributed journalism model, and its destructive capabilities (below).
What do you consider ‘news’? And where do you source it? Comment below.
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