I made this meme in response to the discussion we had in class with Ted. He talked of the internet and citizen journalism as a tool for revolution, allowing us to access frame free news and decide on our own storyline. Whilst I agree that for some people this may be the case, assuming that everyone is going to ditch legacy media seems a little far fetched. Take my mother for example. I love her, but she’s not great on fact-checking. It’s gotten to the point that she simply assumes most news pieces on the internet are a waste of time because she’s never bothered to check their validity. Instead, shes still one of those people that watches the 6 o’clock news to get her knowledge of the world.
This tends to make people like me, that thrive off the internet, pretty irrationally mad. For the most part, there’s very little wrong with legacy media. They have very clear and calculatable biases. With stories or pieces of information on the internet, the perspective of the source is often a mystery. Neither form of journalism is right or wrong, but both should be available for people to choose between.