The elephant in the room when looking at problems on the news is social media. In particular, politicians and pundits are wondering if the information is “fake” that appears almost every day on any news provider, and social media plays a fantastic role in complicating the situation completely – for reasons I will return to. For most of the people who spend time on social media these days, if you have something “new” to share, whether rational or irrational, then you have news—or at least you believe in it.
Ultimately, the question is not whether the news produced and shared on social media platforms is better or worse than that produced by traditional news production methods. The combination of interest and experience from both information professionals and informed citizens can only improve the quality of the news. The market definition of news does not take into account the important role of people who are not news professionals, and these people can no longer be ignored.
With the news industry changing at such a dizzying pace, it seems like the time has come to embrace citizen journalists as active participants in the news industry. For the mainstream broadcasters, perhaps this will bring new and interesting ideas, such as changing the format of the news. In short, professional journalism is no longer the main provider of verified news and information that journalism has been for the past two centuries.
However, despite the seemingly endless growth of online platforms and the scholarly focus on online platforms, traditional media still wields significant power, with major news outlets producing most of the news content that appears on social networking sites. This is because, in different parts of the world, social networks such as Twitter and Facebook Twitter have become the norm for daily communication, inadvertently replacing the mainstream media as a source of news. Today, 2/3 of all US consumers get some news from online platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, etc., with Facebook becoming the number one gatekeeper.
Long before social media live feeds and news codes were inserted at the bottom of 24/7 cable news feeds, the world was getting news from newspapers. The first decade of the 21st century was filled with major news, including tragic terrorist attacks, international natural and humanitarian disasters, and the deaths of famous people. Here are 20 revolutionary developments in the first two decades of the 21st century, in no particular order. The beginning of this century will be remembered for global fears of terrorism, global warming, the rise of the world economy and private enterprise, and many other issues.
If one adheres to the belief that the calendar began at year 1, then 2001 was the first day of the 21st century, and January 21st marks the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century. Since the turn of the 21st century, some of them have screamed at us in surprise, while others have doubled in frightening new intensity since about the year 2000. centuries draw inspiration, images, materials and concepts from different areas of culture, going far beyond the influences of art history and design. Public art has further expanded in the 21st century as a field of activity in which creative exploration can take place.
A key feature of the art scene of the new century (and many areas of life in the 21st century) is the impact of globalization – the acceleration of the interconnection of human activity and information in time and space. Many artists of the 21st century are deeply impressed by their immersion in the global visual culture that is now vividly represented on online networks. While not everything the public produces is trustworthy, you can’t just exclude social media content from a 21st century journalism degree program. Newspapers also connected generations of ordinary people to the world around them and provided critical information that the public would not otherwise have received.
The tyranny of the global media oligopoly increasingly defines news, often through the source from which their news actually comes: international news organizations. Officials regularly address state media with criticism of individual journalists or media outlets. The promotion allows some governments to keep the media under control by hiding their fingerprints. Twitter also keeps journalists and their audience up to date with the latest news.
The BBC will publish a news bulletin on major international, national and local events. If independent media outgrows online, like the popular Russian news site Lenta.ru, for example, they may find their publishers abruptly fired, the editorial line changed, and the site collapsed. Not surprisingly, in these three media systems, as many as 90% of newspaper editors admit that advertisers have tried to influence news content. I don’t agree with Lord Adonis’ approach to this topical issue – he’s aggressive and explosive on Twitter day in and day out – but he’s right in saying that our impartiality in the news must be maintained or we risk falling into Third. The world of television and radio services that we see in the United States; what you see on Fox is not news, it’s opinions.
Some may wonder why I didn’t mention President Trump, whom the Western world perceives as a threat to the news as we know him. First, the Internet is the most powerful force that destroys the media. Aside from the annoying bot accounts and the ever-increasing number of characters, the problem with Twitter and the news lies primarily with the concept of Twitter. You can have a pleasant experience on the site; but you also run the risk of creating an eco-chamber of opinion that can then be used to shape your views on what the news really is.