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How the Internet Has Changed How We Consume and React to News
Journalism & Communication
Pages 4 (1004 words)
The Internet has produced a new way of looking at the news. Before the Internet, people were beholden to the mainstream press. If the mainstream press wanted to cover a certain item, while ignoring other items, then this was the news that was disseminated to the masses.
There really was not a good way to fact check the media, nor understand the stories which were not covered in the media. Moreover, as Neil Postman (1984) states, the news shows were focused upon trivialities, superficialities and fluff. The news anchors who disseminated the news had the same mirthful expressions when they were reporting tragedies and comedy. The news presented issues in the same 45 second format, which makes even the most important issues seems trivial. Now, however, with the Internet, in particular the citizen bloggers and the satirical shows, there is a way to not only uncover buried information about stories that the mainstream media does not deem fit to cover, but there is also a way to fact-check the media and hold them accountable. This, perhaps, is the most important way that the Internet has changed how the audience perceives and consumes the news. Citizen Bloggers and Satirical Shows, and How They Help the Viewer Discern News One of the major changes in the way that the public understands news events is that these events are often filtered through what Hayes (2008) refers to as “citizen press critics” (p. 1). These “citizen press credits” are more commonly known as bloggers, and they work as a kind of “fifth estate” who attempt to keep the mainstream media honest. Lopez (2010) states that these bloggers are important to democracy, ...
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