Modern journalism is in the midst of a great transmutation, characterized by a visible shift from print and broadcast journalism to digital media, all manner of internet concerns which are dramatically changing the media landscape and the information, especially news, that is available to consumers today.
This industrial metamorphosis is occurring globally, but nowhere it is more manifestly clear than in the United States.
I have been a part of this bewildering transition since I began Powdered Wig in 2013 as a protest to the what I considered then and consider now the treasonous actions of Barack Hussein, at the time President of the United States.
So much in turmoil is the journalism industry that I have compared it to the Wild West, a lawless frontier where it is every man for himself (using that term in the generic to include women) and there is no protection from large, malevolent predators like Facebook, Twitter, and Google which routinely violate the First Amendment rights of private citizens, based upon nothing more than the political ideology of the Silicon Valley powers that be.
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I have heard the tired argument that Facebook, Twitter, and Google (or, as a fellow conservative author refers to them collectively, the Axis of evil) are private companies and may do as they please. They argue that the First Amendment guarantees citizens protection only from government interference and restriction.
I reject that and believe a sane, nonpartisan judge would, as well, based upon the understanding that the government’s responsibility to protect does not begin and end with itself, but rather, extends to all restriction of constitutional rights. By allowing Fascistbook, in its control freak manipulation of the constitutionally-guaranteed liberty of private citizens, to violate the First Amendment rights of those citizens, the government is thereby complicit and in violation of the Constitution.
Facebook, run by Silicon Valley liberals from Zuckerberg down, has destroyed my once-thriving website, which was also my livelihood.
Why? Because I am an unapologetic patriot of the conservative variety, as though there is another variety, and the young, wet-behind-the-ears socialist globalists who run Facebook, aka Fascistbook, have no use for lovers of America and routinely punish us for our patriotism, demonetize us in an effort to force us out of business, and purge us from their platforms, as Facebook has done to Powdered Wig, removing our main page, which had over 300,000 followers, as well as other pages, and removed my administrative authority from those pages and groups, leaving them rudderless endeavors, wandering cyberspace aimlessly.
Facebook has shut down our pages and our marketing source, thus demonetizing us by 98% for the crime of being conservative patriots. Help us keep the lights on and the message alive by donating anything you can, and please, share this link everywhere…. https://www.gofundme.com/powdered-wig-society
When Facebook was a neophyte internet concern, it was allowed free access to the web and its very lucrative market. Now that it is a gluttonous behemoth, Facebook’s management team believes that the freedom they enjoyed to make their Facebook platform a viral success is for them alone and it is their responsibility to ensure that others are not granted that same freedom.
The powers that be at Facebook base their restriction of the liberty of others strictly along clear lines of political ideology. Liberals are free to do and say what they want, conservatives must be restricted.
This all began with the election of President Donald Trump, which shocked liberals from sea to shining sea, and they fight all day, every day, to remove Trump for the Oval Office.
Powdered Wig was the first conservative website to support candidate Trump, as we were all-in on the day of the now-famous escalator ride and announcement of his candidacy and platform. In February 2016, candidate Trump tweeted one of Powdered Wig’s articles to the world, which went unnoticed by Silicon Valley at the time, as all liberals saw Trump as no threat at all, underestimating the power of the new journalistic juggernaut, the right-wing blogosphere, as became evident to Silicon Valley on the night of November 8, 2016.
So, here we are today, watching helplessly, as the liberals who dominate what is left of print and broadcast media spoonfeed their progressive pablum to their useful idiots of their masters, the American Democrat Party.
The good news is that yesterday’s journalism is dying a slow and painful death, while digital media, sites like Powdered Wig, gradually replace it with, at last, honest journalism.
From Masters in Communications
Today’s journalism is a far cry from what it used to be. In the past, you received the majority of your news and information from your local newspaper published every morning.
If you didn’t get it there, you watched the evening news after dinner. Add in a few national newspapers, and that was it.
Today, relying on only one source to receive all of your news and information seems unheard of. Newspapers are still around today, but we have so much more to go along with them. We don’t have to wait an entire day for our news anymore – we wait mere seconds.
Now we see the news as it’s happening instead of getting recaps of it the next day. With the rise of the internet and the 24/7 news station, we have an abundance of news sources directly at our fingertips.
Journalism as a whole has changed in response. Instead of having time to fact check, journalists are urged to be the first to break the story. This rush to first often leads to misinformation being published, causing confusing and sometimes outrage.
What used to be a cardinal sin is now less of an issue because being the first to hit publish is such a priority.
Let’s take a look at what journalism is today, and some of the people changing it.
Journalism is the act of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities.
Journalism is the product of every newspaper you read, every news station you watch, and every news article you read online.
Journalism is meant to place the public good above all else and uses specific methods to gather and assess information. In other words, journalism is meant to benefit the people, and journalists should routinely check what they’re reporting on to be sure the information is verified and accurate.
Another side effect of the internet and the amount of data at our fingertips is the rise of data journalism. Data journalism is the use of data and number crunching to uncover, better explain, or provide context to a news story.
Data can be the tool used to tell a story, the source upon which a story is based, or both at the same time. It often involves the use of statistics, charts, and infographics.
Data journalism has become important because, in today’s world, anyone with a smartphone and social media account can be a journalist. Multiple sources add information over social media, blogs, and videos as the news story is happening. It’s an information overload, and opinion often clouds facts.
The goal of data journalism is to be the one who provides context to an event and aims to explain what it really means.
An excellent example of data journalism is a story ProPublica published about animal extinction across the globe. Using data from recent biology studies, they found that today’s extinction rates rival those during the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
At the risk of beating a dead horse, the open web has changed everything. The way we consume data will never be the same.
Data used to come in a fixed, complete form. Books, newspapers, and documentaries. When you received it, it was finished and in its final form.
With digital news in the open web, your news source is almost a living, breathing thing. It is always changing, always evolving, and continuously being developed. That blog post you just read could be edited and revised several times over.
There is information everywhere that people consume anytime they want. They don’t need to go to the store to buy a book or a newspaper anymore. All they have to do is reach into their pocket and enter a quick Google search, and they’ll discover a wealth of knowledge on the subject.
Today’s journalists face a new set of challenges. They’re no longer the runaway experts in the fields they write in. Today, their readers may be smarter, and better informed than they are.
Now if you don’t listen to them, work with them, work for them, give them what they want and need, they’ll go somewhere else. And there are plenty of other places they can go. However, because of this, fake news has become a thing of all too common scenario.
Even with the rise of the internet, 24/7 news stations, social media, and smartphones, something is missing from today’s journalism.
We’re more connected to the news that we’ve ever been. News companies have journalists working around the clock that can push us a story as it happens, no matter when it happens.
We’re more informed than we’ve ever been, and we have limitless choices of where we want to consume our news. So, what are we missing? The answer is simple.
The one thing journalists don’t have on their side anymore is time. They have to be first. They have to be fast. They don’t have time anymore to become deeply engrossed in their stories. They don’t have time to learn and ponder on their stories. They rely on quotes from other experts to shape their stories.
True investigative journalism is an art that is slowly fading. One of the main reasons is the money isn’t there for it anymore. Doing a real investigative piece takes a lot of time, which in turn takes a lot of money.
The ad revenue they’d earn for the story would likely be a small fraction of what it cost to produce it. Because of this, investigative journalism is being replaced by 5-10 blog posts a day that will never have as much substance as an actual investigative piece.