What if I told you that the time has come to say goodbye to traditional television news? And, no, this isn’t just an over-dramatic metaphor that’s hyperbolic to get your attention (although I certainly hope it did). Rather, I’m referring to the fact that with more and more people relying on the Internet to stay up-to-date on current events, watch TV shows, or engage in political debates and discussions, old school television news broadcasts have become far less relevant than they used to be.
Traditional TV news is dead
Here’s why. The phrase mainstream media has become a pejorative. And for good reason. It’s almost impossible to trust any source of news anymore. One minute you think you know what’s going on in some far-off place and then five minutes later, someone contradicts you with another story that makes it seem like everything you just heard was a lie. So, how do we know what is true these days?
The internet changed journalism
For one thing, it’s much easier to reach a global audience through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. It’s also become easier for people to share their opinions on newsworthy topics. That means information isn’t limited to a select few—it’s now possible for any individual with an opinion or expertise to share their knowledge with those who want it. Even more interesting is that internet news has also brought many viewers back into journalism.
What’s next for online journalism?
The internet has made it easier than ever to reach a wide audience and tell stories that matter. But, there’s also growing frustration among readers who don’t like what they see. Is online journalism really dead? Or, is it still alive, but on life support? Let’s take a look at what might be next for online journalism.
The end of privacy as we know it
With so many individuals and organizations equipped with cameras and video recorders, it’s more likely than ever that your private moments will end up on YouTube or some other easily accessed website. This can result in embarrassment (or even arrest) if you do something stupid. So before you go out with friends, hit a bar to watch a sporting event, or take part in any other semi-private activities, remember: You’re being watched. The days of privacy are over.
Why did people go crazy about #metoo
A few years ago, no one cared about Hollywood big shots or high-profile celebrities being accused of sexual assault. Suddenly, everything changed when #metoo came into our lives. This phenomenon had women from all around America and even around the world speaking out against their aggressors. It was just like another wave of feminism swept through us—and it will continue to do so as long as people are willing to stand up and say no more! So, why did people go crazy about #metoo?
When the public becomes an insider
If you’re familiar with news outlets like Fox, MSNBC or even CNN, it’s likely you noticed a dramatic shift in their coverage of events leading up to and following an election. Beforehand, the news was supposed to be unbiased and objective—but then all of a sudden, it wasn’t. The reality is that we don’t have news journalists—we have writers. And they have opinions. And those opinions are just as valid as anyone else’s. So why do we expect them to act any differently than they do?