The Digitalization of News
by Ashley Navas
The History of News
Since the beginning of mankind, humans have felt the need to share information. Through word-of-mouth, text-based, radio, television and other channels of communication, one thing is for certain; news has always played a major role in the history.
Weighing the issue...
The question we face in today's world of sound-bites, quick snaps and fast updates is: Just how important is news accuracy and what are the risks or possible benefits associated with (what we've come to know as)
Up to the Minute news?
Creative Destruction of Journalism
Traditional journalism is on the decline and most would agree it is due to the fact that news is being churned out at a faster and less-accurate rate in order to keep up with other news sites. The race to break news first seems to be the priority now and the opening to this article by breakpoint.org explains just that. This is creative destruction of journalism because you don't need to have a degree to be a blogger nowadays - anyone can break news at a fast rate and truth is less valued as a result.
One to Many: News organizations and others that feature news like CNN, NBC,CBS, FOX and the like, are platforms provides for discussion and commentary about news events. This has made news a spectatorship and rating of newsworthy stories or not. BEcause there is now a voice with highest-rated comments and popular opinions of everyday people, we are seeing a shift in focus upon which stories get told for ratings and which don't make the cut
Many to One: This can be considered the response of people on social media networking sites recording their own news footage and posting to their online pages as platforms to share and voice their views on the news. With each unique opinion about the news being shared, more ideas are being exchanged than any other time in our history
"Robo-journalism" is increasingly being used in newsrooms worldwide."
"It saves people a lot of time, and for certain types of stories, it gets the information out there in usually about as good a way as anybody else would."
Thes quotes above just exemplify the very real times we are living in. A robot is used to write news through a curated algorithmic system and is being trusted with using sound judgement.
Infinite Economies of Scale
The digitalization of news allows us to shape the news while it shapes us simultaneously. We can upload a blog that delivers news to the audience and to various websites where others can choose to receive their news form elsewhere. Because of the various options available to the common news listener, the competition is even larger.
The effects of news digitalization are dramatic considering the exponential growth. News is in the hands of people, with anyone being able to whip out there phone and hit record to capture their own news. We can share news with people all over the world at any moment. The economic decline of physical newspapers and even writers for digital newspapers are being given a run for their money by our robot counterparts. So do the risks outweigh the advantages? You decide.
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Public - 5/15/16, 11:03 AM