The Self-Mutilation of Journalism It appears that anyone with a computer and internet access these days can call themselves a journalist. With such an increase in the quantity of content, journalism today is not what it once was. Using the technology that is available today journalists can report news and bring ideas to people across the globe, at an amazingly fast rate. Long gone are the days of newspaper publishers trying to print off papers with stories that happened last night in the early morning hours. If the news that happens is important enough the article can be posted with notifications sent out to subscribers the moment the article is published.
All major networks now have a channel devoted 24 hours a day 7 days to solely news. In this cycle, not only are breaking stories replayed over and over, but smaller, seemingly less important stories are reported on as well. With the bias nature of every cable news station evident, the cable news network’s jab at each other over trivial and important issues, because it helps boost ratings a... ... middle of paper ... ...d be believed by anybody that reads it. A perfect example of this is the story of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. The original story in the Hawaiian newspaper was that it was that it took an hour longer than expected to find Barack Obama’s birth certificate because of a mislabeling of the cabinets that held it.
The Revolutionary war used newspapers for the most up-to-date information for those whose family was fighting far off; it was even used to inform the cities of what was happening with the current government. Then there was the Civil War, and not to mention the deaths of Presidents. Newspapers have covered from behind the lines during battles. They were even there for even the saddest of moments when great people have passed on such as President John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana. Newspapers have covered lots of news over the years and have had a lot of readers.
IF THE UNSUBSTANTIAL sound bite is the shame of televised election coverage, then information overload is the parallel pitfall on the Internet. After spending one interminable day in October reviewing Web coverage of the presidential campaign, I can verify that the online universe is indeed infinite, and that politics, not pornography, seemed the most prolific theme. Stunned by thousands of news articles, background pieces, surveys, discussion forums, transcripts and commentary, this human brain nearly screamed for spoon-fed mush. Election sections on most of the major news sites were so enormous that a person couldn't possibly process all the sections and subsections and sub-subsections. About 20 percent of the stuff seemed digestible; the rest was far more than the average visitor would care to chew.
For instance, a trading person who worked in the United States could hardly find out how British economy did. In the early presidential elections, the newspapers didn't inform enough those who worked on the farms. Therefore, they did not have credibility to vote. Nowadays, the TV campaigns allow us to know about every candidate's move and his beliefs and opinions towards foreign and domestic politics. More important than anything, with the television, ordinary people have a chance to keep track of world affairs.
As stated earlier, newspapers often condense the problem or issue at hand, leaving a foggy resonation for viewers to pon... ... middle of paper ... ...t Western culture, people still get most of their news from these condensed, opinionated news programs that clearly mediate what information we receive. The vast resources available on the web have not yet been utilized by the majority of its subscribers; however, the unlimited capabilities of the internet have just begun. With the increase in broadband technology, the future of internet news information will become a staple of daily life for people all over the world. The subjectivity of the mass media will no longer form public opinion about important immigration issues, but rather, the internet will give readers a key to what is really happening. Future immigration topics will no longer be marginalized into 30 minute programs or 200 word articles, and the assimilation of these cultures will finally become an objective part of our daily dose of informative news.
Increasingly common internet-enabled phones allow users to access diverse news content wherever they happen to be, whereas in previous years a newspaper was the only portable choice (Reardon, 2007). The ad-revenue-based business model of the newspaper is collapsing (Carr, 2008), particularly in the technologically advanced United States (Chen, 2009). Most major newspapers offer a free version of their content online while relying on revenue from physical sales and ads. Carr (2008) states that a newspaper ad costs “many thousands of dollars”, while online ads bring in only a few dollars for each 1,000 customers. This is a serious problem for companies that rely on paper sales.
In the article “Social Media vs. Police Brutality”, Sinan Ulgen explains how increasing use of social media is forcing governments to find other tactics besides excessive force. He explains how social media helps portray this excessive force to the people, showing them footage directly from the event itself. Before social media existed, people had to wait and watch the local news station’s filtered story on the event. Now, simply open up an app on your phone to see all the news instantly. Police brutality can no longer be covered up by news reporters because, within minutes you can go online and see a video taken directly at the event.
Mainstream news organisations have seen their revenues drop in print, television and radio across the board and have looked to fill the void with online news in the form of websites, blogs, online videos and social media pages. Citizen journalists have risen to take full advantage of the Internet and the widespread audience it offers them, with these journalists being able to express their views and opinions to people who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to hear it. Online news has significantly contributed towards the 24/7 news cycle that people across the globe are subjected to today, where citizens are inundated with information from all angles every minute of the day (Mythen, 2010). The real benefit of online news is that it allows people to pick and choose what information is important to them, as opposed to watching the 6pm news every night for the one or two stories that you may find relevant (Kranzberg, 1985). Some have argued that this is its downfall as people only ever interact with popular news, reducing the impact of news that should be important (Dahlgren, 1995).
Lets take a look at natural disasters, social media helps spread knowledge about events. Not everyone watches the news, and I am sure that those people who don’t watch news have some type of social media. Natural disasters are important and social media helps us be aware of our surrounds where ever we may be. Newspapers can only do so much and they take time to print and reach everyone. In critical circumstances newspapers needs to spread fast even cross borders, however social media ends up doing exactly