In this Storify, I discuss the “money” problem occurring in journalism today!
Here I discuss a few ways I will be using principles from Mediactive in my own social media and online presence.
In the first chapters of Gillmor’s book, Mediactive, he lays out the problems with traditional media and the public’s way of consuming it. One thing he spends a lot of time on, particularly in chapter one, is the way money affects mainstream media. Money clearly controls everything we do–from what we wear to what we eat to what news we consume. The scariest aspect of money controlling information is just that–how do we know what is true and what is paid to be true?
The fact that you can select a media company to see “Who Owns What?” from a drop down list is a little bit frightening. While there are still some (very few) locally owned media organizations, there are not nearly enough to be providing original content that doesn’t have money’s influence hanging over the reporter and editors heads.
Gilmoor argues that consumers need to take this into consideration as they consume media-and this brings up a different issue. Is it better to trust citizen journalists who are much less likely to feel money’s pull on them while writing and risk accuracy because of the amateur level of reporting? There is an ethics code that journalists are supposed to follow, but with citizen journalists and bloggers sometimes that code gets a little muddled. Consumers have to walk a fine line between knowing and understanding what is viable, important information and they must go through more than one form of searching for that information to do it.
There are campaigns out there working against media monopolies. These campaigns claim that the greed of companies has created a gap between local consumers and their media companies and a lack of diversity in news and media. Campaigns such as “Stop Big Media” reason that without an informed public, a democracy does not function in the way that it should. That is something that should be concerning to all citizens.
It is no longer enough to just watch the nightly news program, listen to a radio newscast or read a newspaper, online or otherwise. Many people just haven’t realized that at the heart of this issue is money.