Good Press, Bad Press

August 2, 2008

One of the reasons Blogging was thought up was to allow people without credentials or three-foot thick portfolios to report to the world on anything they want. The world – in return, can read it as they please, put their opinions to the side, and look at someone else’s view. They can respond, either by contacting the original writer or writing a piece of their own that is either disagreeing or agreeing with the person. For example, instead of watching a Fox News reporter give a generic report on the Internet, all one must do is power up their computer, and through the internet, read the real story firsthand from a Darfur local. This is why I believe Blogging is the future, and unless the AP can follow the leader, media is the past.

So, with that said, I am greatly puzzled why people, although most feel the press isn’t giving the whole truth at times, still read and (some) daily worship media outlets that have been proven to bend or hide reality. And this isn’t just the obvious, big time newspapers, but magazines, too. How do we truly know what’s real and what’s a publicity stunt? Its definitely hard, with the entire entertainment business always on their toes for a new story, equipped with the best journalists out there. It is no doubt a complex mission. In truth, we don’t know who or what to trust. Everything from Newsweek to OK! has had its ups and downs, rights and wrongs.

And who knows, maybe a source like Hello magazine — who nine times out of ten will have their five page spread on something the celebrities want them to write – gets their hands on the juiciest story in entertainment history, and publish it. How would people react? Would they doubt its truth, and question the magazine’s credibility? Or would they praise them for coming out of their cocoon and reporting on something out of their realm? And what if the National Enquirer, a digest magazine with so many bogus claims in the past — landed themselves that same story — and published it? Certainly a story of that magnitude in an entertainment source that has a history of publishing such stories of false outcome would go unnoticed. It would be like Peter and the Wolf, with the Enquirer being Peter, crying out the same stories over and over again, at first to peril of the rest of the world, and then to their annoyance. And once Peter called it out one last time, this time for real, would the world take any notice?

And what if the hailed New York Times got that exclusive story and published it? In truth, everyone would believe it. Few would question its credibility, for this is the New York times, arguably the greatest assortment of press that has ever joined forces to make a newspaper! Even though many times before it has been wrong, made mistakes, and even tied the wrong ends, a story of this size and alleged importance must be true – especially from a source as large as this.

And what if that story was wrong?

What if Hello magazine, the National Enquirer, and the hailed New York Times just made it up? How would we know? The answer: it would be impossible. We, the general public, have no power compared to them – their higher class, credentials, reporters, leaders and owners no doubt know so much more about everything that all we are left to do is guess, pick and choose. And that is why blogging is the future. We can change this. No one would stand in our way. And now, with computers on our side, it’s the public against the press. And unless the press has enough sense to change their ways, we will occupy the throne of truth, and they will be merely a thing of the past.

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I’m sure this will cause a few mixed feelings, so feel free to put your opinions into comments, and I’ll try to respond to everybody. Thanks for reading. 

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4 Responses to “Good Press, Bad Press”

  1. ibrahim binshahbal Says:

    nice article.

  2. pacer521 Says:

    hey, thanks for commenting.

    pacer521

  3. misha Says:

    i agree with you and that is one reason i’m such a big fan of the internet. it allows people to access opinions outside the news mainstream and instantaneously talk to and receive news from the other side of the world from real people instead of news that has been filtered by reporters and networks. one thing concerns me however. with the monopoly on popular news media by a few individuals and or corporations i am concerned that sooner or later these few individuals will want to monopolize on internet media as well. at present time the internet indeed is the only place that everyone is given equal rights to express their opinion, no matter how profound or how ludicrous, but will those same people who control the television and newspaper news not eventually want to control the information on the internet as well and turn it into a profit-driven medium that only tells the public what the corporations want them to hear?

  4. pacer521 Says:

    Misha,

    As blogging grows and newspapers and news outlets decrease, something like you are shooting at may in a sense take place. Popular news outlets have already set up domain on the web…like cnn.com or foxnews.com. And while they get many users and readers, most of them are the people that watch or read their stuff too. Its not like they are sucking away readers and hits from blogging. But news lords like Murdock, won’t go down without a fight, and will try to do exactly what you are saying. But I think that the blogging world, with more and more people and more and more great bloggers with great news will over time (we’re talking many years) prevail.

    thanks for the question and your time misha

    pacer521


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