A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Fast Food Communications
We can’t wait for it. We want it right now!! This thought process has even infiltrated into our so-called “trustworthy” news room. As a result, now we have something called Fast Food News.
It sounds good but it is probably bad for us. And it usually leaves us feeling sick and a little upset. Why? Because there is very little fact checking, very little investigating, and very few person-to-person interviews.
Plus, most of the information is negative, and written to tear down rather than to build up. Yes, it is easy to criticize. But difficult to praise. Therefore, in this “brave new world, “it’s not whose right; it’s whose first.
And in a 24-hour news cycle, this could be dangerous.
Because now anybody with a cell phone, Twitter account, Facebook page and a blog can become an instant journalists. And without thinking twice about the information they have collected, they Google it, YouTube it, Twit it, Text it, e-mail it, and Face book it.
That instant power to inform the world with a cell phone and a laptop however comes with some responsibility but it is usually done without fear of slander, libel, or lawsuits.
This new model of journalism however challenges the old school form of news gathering and reporting and breaks the media monopoly currently ruling the airwaves.
While this new media explosion is shunned and frowned on by many, it has been embraced by others. (Consider Wiki leaks)
The embracing of this new technology has been utilized mostly by entertainers, a few politicians (Sarah Palin) and a handful of athletes, who now, have the ability to be their own public relations and news departments.
For instance, before a negative story can spread on the internet or a sports reporter can write a bad report about them, the modern-day athlete has the ability to counter it and address the issue instantly.
Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson showed the world an example of this new freedom of expression that athletes have against reporters when they took their ability to twit and turned it into a television show.
Ironically, now they spend most of their show the (T.O.cho Show) criticizing the sports writers, who bad-mouth them for their bad on-the field performance.
While the information age has its negatives, the power to inform has become more diversified and now more voices can be heard. As a result, more stories can be told without being censored.
Now that the media for the first time is in the hand of the people, what will they report? What will they say? Will they simply imitate the current media; they have complained so much about? Or will they create something better?
The power is in our hands. Let’s see what we do with it.
Because, if we don’t use it, the government will control it and evidently shut it down.