Thinking out loud about the future of media.
I’ve attended a couple of events this week about the future of media. I don’t have any answers but I do have lots of food for thought.
Here’s what I’m thinking.
- Social media democratises conversation. We all have an equal voice. That’s a good thing.
- But its polarising, rather improving, public discourse. That isn’t helpful in a democracy.
- Algorithms restrain and limit our media consumption. This too is unhealthy. Reading widely is critical to being informed.
- My opinion is equal to your fact. This needs to be fixed urgently. I’ve no answers although media education may help.
- But all opinions can and should be heard. It’s that issue of democracy again.
- Fact and fiction travel at equal speeds around a network. We need tools and better media education to counter fake news.
- There are a diminishing number of journalists and media that call power to account.
- Abusive or threatening language should never be tolerated in any media.
- Platforms are publishers. They need to take responsibility for ads and editorial content.
- If you want to buy my attention I need to understand how, who you are, and why.
- The media ecosystem is complex and messy. It’s very much a work in progress.
- The declining number and quality of local media has created an opportunity for owned and shared media as a means of communicating with publics.
- Communities, owned media, and sources of record, are the most trusted forms of media, for now.
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