2018: The year of fake news? Or not?
It’s 2018 and we’re bringing in the first few months talking about fake news. We’re talking about data breaches. We’re talking about fact breaches. Really, we’re talking about truth breaches.
Yes, we are talking about all of that.
Here in 2018, we’re talking about all that went wrong with the media industry and how journalism is failing everyone.
Or are we?
To those last points, I think not. What we’re really talking about is two things:
1) What went wrong with a few media companies, i.e. a few bad seeds ruining the generally good and decent crop.
2) Not exactly a journalism failure, but rather a platform failure.
That last point is a very important distinction — we’re talking about the failure of various platforms that tend to bring us our news online.
We’re talking about how some platforms inadvertently gave weight (and still give weight) to some not-so-real news and more or less buried (and still do bury) some of the real, relevant, reliable news.
Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear
Good journalism is still out there. I firmly believe this. There are good journalists producing quality news that is worthy of your attention. And they’re producing it each and every day.
UBNM exists to help you find it.
We aren’t that far removed from the days of depending on the producers and distributors of our news.
We only need to look back a little bit at what worked and then focus firmly on the future to set a clear path ahead.