The days of passive media consumption are over.
Content from legacy media is no longer just consumed. It is questioned, conversed, debated, remixed, recontextualised… the list goes on. The internet has morphed our role into that of a produser in an interconnected paradigm of sharing and consuming information. But it has also allowed us to produce content, whether it be images from the cameras on our phones or words from a blog just like this.
This ‘many to many’ distributed model, as opposed to, the ‘one to many’ centralised network, has given rise to the notion of citizen journalism and allows people to publish content without a gatekeeper filtering information.
Legacy media knows this and in an effort to stay relevent, they often regurgitate citizen journalism.
Think about it, most of the best video clips and images that we see broadcast on legacy media comes from the phone camera of a member of the public.
But when anyone can publish content with the same reach as legacy media, how do you legitimise information. How do you know what is true and what is not?
Why should you trust a random on 4chan rather than legacy media?
Well let me tell you this…
It isn’t about who is evil and who is not, it’s about having access to a variety of information and perspectives to develop you’re own understanding of the truth.
The difference between legacy media and the internet is the amount of content available. You may not always find the truth and you may need more information… but at least you haven’t been brainwashed by legacy media who frame an event to create a story.