Transparency. Journalism. Social media.
Some say this new thing called social media is killing the ‘old’ media, suggesting words printed on paper.
When Pagemaker first appeared we got flooded in badly made flyers, pushed on us by our local grocery shop. The Death of Graphic Design was announced – now everyone could make their own ads and no one would need those professionals whose only justification had been mastery of a set of hands on tools. Knowledge and experience was not an issue.
You all know were that ended, right? Since some years back those flyers and leaflets have started to look take on a more professional look. Because design is not about pushing graphics and chunks of text about on a screen – it’s so much more.
Now, quite a few people I know have told me journalism died +10 years ago, at the hands of reality shows and sensationalism. Others are saying it’s dying here and now, at the hands of transparency and Twitter.
Let me tell you my not so very humble opinion. We are drowning in a flood of information. We have to react to every thing, every time, at once. The flood is up, everyone’s running, and but a few has the time or backbone or the means to sit back and watch the macro perspective. So no one knows what information snippet is connected to what, what information is true or false or significant or insignificant, or who has planted it – a very elite few has the time to turn information into knowledge.
This is the logical next step in the political strategy of the pseudo-democratic western culture – to allow everyone right of speech but to listen at no one. Let the populace drown in egotistical indulgence in designer handbags and which celebrity’s in bed with whom and Today’s Outfit while the powers that be enact their agendas, fed by hunger for money and power.
In such a situation journalism has a place. Serious journalism, with an agenda, boldly announced. Not this present self-proclaimed and false ‘objectivity’ of the reporter ethos, but real journalism.
People analysing data, recognising patterns, and telling us what they see. Digesting information, and telling us their views so we can compare against our own value sets. Helping us stay afloat.
So while journalism sure looks dead to me there is a need for it.
And don’t forget – almost all media are social, only some are more participatory than others. TV, that demon, offered a channel for national and cultural cohesion, in a social context even though only a few got to participate in its production.