brave new world

April 27, 2014

in a world of blogs, it was curious (and simultaneously heartening)  to encounter a young person taking journalism – albeit part of a double major.  The web is a double-edged sword: although it has granted a voice to those that would normally be able to participates, it has at times deteriorated into a shouting match and its accuracy is often questioned – look at Wikipedia.  There are pros and cons of anonymity and the wisdom of the crowd.  As in most things, balance is the key.

Rather than the traditional claim of a gate-keeping  role, the press needs to exemplify integrity and fact-checking without the red tape associated with it. It is hard yakka in a world where it is difficult to distinguish the wheat from the chaff – I guess it is wise to consider the source.