PEER OPINION FILLS A VOID LEFT BY FALLING TRUST IN MASS MEDIA
There’s been no shortage of blame passed around for the so-called “fake news” epidemic that has been front and center since the U.S. election.
It’s certainly a complex problem to unravel, and many proposed solutions are just as alarming as the symptoms they try to treat. The decentralization and fragmentation of information is the core of what makes the internet great, and this democratization helps to decouple power away from the established institutions that may or may not have our interests at heart.
How do we regulate news for its authority and legitimacy without stifling alternate viewpoints, differing narratives, and independent sources of information?
In today’s landscape, people are
As long as they could remain reputable, the mainstream outlets that garnered eyeballs throughout broadcasting history should have been the obvious benefactors of this transition. Groups like CNN and Fox News, or The New York Times and The Washington Post, could have remained unquestioned authorities on the issues.
These above factors have, ironically, led to mass media as being a direct part of the “fake news” problem. The
FALLING TRUST IN MEDIA AND INSTITUTIONS
Even before “fake news” hit the mainstream, a poll by Gallup showed that Americans’ trust in mass media was hitting an
A report from Edelman from
As we mentioned earlier, the rise of fake news is complex and very difficult to untangle. However, the fact is that established news outlets aren’t doing themselves any favors. If people feel like they can’t trust the Washington Post or other such sources, then it should be no surprise that they are turning to the power of “word of mouth” from their peers more often – no matter how fallible this might be.