Media is incredible. We have the ability to access information within seconds from anywhere in the world. Promoting, educating and sharing are just a few of the great things media brings.
With the click of a button, we’re posting a thought, idea or replying to somebody else’s comment, and it’s as easy as that.
Unfortunately, social media also brings the opportunity to completely get the wrong end of the stick, sharing false information or even promoting something which could be untrue, without fact-checking.
Which brings me to my next point… Jumping on the bandwagon.
It’s ridiculously easy to see something online and share it. Now, checking whether or not what you’ve shared is factually correct takes time, and many of us don’t bother to do this. If we like what we see, we’ll retweet or share. And so the cycle continues.
Recently, everybody I’ve spoken to about West Ham, who doesn’t know a huge amount about the club has brought up “aren’t they fighting with themselves?” or something along the lines of violence or stealing tax-payers money. And this makes me sad.
Now, I may be a little biased but there are a number of reasons this has frustrated me.
And here is what I don’t like about media:
- Bad news sells. There may be a minority or a small number of issues, but this is always what the news and tabloids focus on.
- Equivocation works. Coming up with a one-sided argument to slate something makes people read and share. Particularly those who are looking for negativity about a certain subject.
- A lot of major ‘news’ websites pick and choose which content to use, slating things which already have negative publicity and using it to whip people into some kind of frenzy.
- People half-read things, jumping to conclusions based on inaccurate headlines and go online to anonymously say things they would never say in person.
With all that said, I still love media. It’s impossible to imagine a day going by without refreshing my Twitter feed and seeing what all you interesting lot have to say!
Until next time,
Have a good weekend,