What does this say about Legacy Media?
The above gif originated from CNN’s segment of the 2014 Celebrity News Hack between Tech Analyst Brett Larson and Brooke Baldwin, and is considered one of CNN’s most significant blunders in researching online media, confusing 4chan, an anonymous message board for an actual individual.
However, this also presents to the audience the bridging gap between Broadcast media and media originating from social platforms where discussion is explicitly invited, such as Reddit, Facebook and Daily Dot.
From this example we can spot the difference between the two, particularly who controls the filtering process. It’s obvious that the segment from CNN was decided by someone in charge, a gatekeeper which picks and chooses which news stories are censored and which aren’t. It just so happens that the Celebrity Scandal at the time was of public interest and was quickly produced, although the amount of research could leave much to be desired.
This also reiterates on the difference between a message online not being limited by a gatekeeper, compared to legacy media and the amount of censorship involved. An extreme example of this is the Data Retention Bill passed through the House of Reps two weeks ago, which allows ISPs to store browsing history and the government to crack down on internet pirates. The news being published through Gizmodo instead of a national newspaper such as the Daily Telegraph or The Australian speak volumes about the level of censorship involved with keeping the news on the down low.
Is Broadcast media really the shining beacon that is meant to bring unbiased news to the people? While gatekeepers may maintain the integrity of news stories, by censoring what is and isn’t publish this could very much be the first step into the world of Orwell’s 1984.
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