The Web As A Tower of Babel?

Some of the articles in this category (Legal & Personal Dangers–The Internet & New Media World) reflect on the changes in the news media generated by the Internet. 

To briefly recap…

  • News organizations (whether television or print media) are being severely cut back due to the loss of advertising revenue, viewers, or readers. 
  • This, in turn, reduces in-depth information gathering and investigative reporting to the public.

Frankly, much of what now passes for news is merely a reprocessing of pubic relations releases or statements from government or businesses.

IN MY OPINION: The expectation that independent journalists will become the new providers of “real” news is absurd in the extreme. 

  • Oh, to be sure, there are courses (some provided by journalism schools) teaching or preaching the new digital age of journalism to former newspaper or television reporters; however, they had better be prepared to work for next to nothing. 
  • Yahoo recently announced a new consortium with several newspapers to provide online content from over 300,000 independent “content providers” who will work for as little as $2 an article

Locally, several individuals are trying to establish advertising supported online “news” outlets through blogs or by paid subscriptions to local web-based news publications. Of course, there is also the Petaluma 360 model. 

The explosion of information sources  is replacing  traditional central sources of information.

IN MY OPINION: It remains to be seen whether or not the Web is becoming another Tower of Babel where everyone has a voice…and no one is heard.

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