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Why do you always hear people complaining about the media today and their "gotcha journalism"? It's not like lying in newspapers was thought about after social networking sites were created. Hell, the media was the reason behind the Spanish American war. I just don't understand people crying about how awful the media is today when yellow journalism has been around for over a century.
“If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.” ― Haruki Murakami
When the truth makes certain segments of the population look bad for their views or expressed opinions, it's easier to blame "gotcha journalism" or "media bias" than it is to actually change behavior. In addition, blaming the media discredits future true news reports from any given source, thereby insulating individuals against future unfavorable news.
Of course, then there's Fox News, but I would imagine that nobody with at least a fraction of a brain really takes them seriously anymore.
Fox News is always on at the place I deliver for
The question people never seem to ask themselves is, does the media really have a bias or are they just delivering the news the way they know their viewers want to hear it?
There are two major factors that have to be considered.
First, anybody can be a "journalist" today. The explosion of the internet has made some people rush to be the first to report, which leads more people to making mistakes. The 24 hour news cycle is certainly more prone to mistakes than in previous generations, and once the mistakes are out there, people tend to believe them.
Second, the collective attention span of the public has dwindled. This leads to a shift in how journalists present their stories. They either have to summarize all of their information off the bat, which leaves people with an idea of the story, but often leads them to ignoring the rest of the story; or they have to go over the top to catch peoples' attentions, which may deflect from the real story.
The media is all too often a scapegoat, but the reality is that "journalism" has certainly changed. Sure these things happened before and have always been happening, but they happen at a much faster pace these days.
Oh and tweeting - people tweet a story headline in 140 or however many characters and some people only read those headlines and try to fill in the gaps otherwise. This phenomenon is pretty bad for writers and the audience.
Is speck work hurting the journalism business, too? It's been a pain in the ass in the design business.
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