Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Global Journalism as a "Victim?"

Prior to reading articles by Kimmage, Hafez and Brown, I faultily focused on whether the media accurately report news as opposed to how power structures restrict media coverage. While I maintain optimism in the increasing globalization of participatory communication, I find global journalism to be the commercial driven victim of failed governmental transparency and limited pluralism.

It is difficult to brand journalism as a “victim” of circumstance in modern information society, but I refuse to believe that the media would rather continue to “follow” instead of “lead” in the market driven field of global agenda setting. Through examples of the news coverage proceeding September 11, 2001 and the framing of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is clear that the U.S. has devoted a lot of money to the shaping of global opinion in a manner reflective of national policy. By communicating messages of national interest the loudest and most immediately, power structures hinder journalism’s ability to follow news events as well as influence politics. Consumers demand up-to-the-minute reports that diminish journalistic integrity through the transfer of messages before multiple sources have been accessed and facts have been confirmed. In a media environment where every news event is framed as a crisis, nationalistic sentiments are more strongly conveyed, policy preferences serve as litmus tests for patriotism and the public discourse must be “suited for television” so as to even capture the attention of civil society.

This argument does not excuse the ignorance of global journalism, but instead, challenges them to “up the ante” if they desire market dominance in an increasingly participatory knowledge society. Unless journalism becomes more transparent, the global community will rely less on intermediaries and instead, convey news events to each other via mobile technology and source check by accessing their buddy lists.

1 comment:

  1. While going through the blogs, this title captured my interest 'Global Journalism as a "Victim"?' I had never actually thought of global journalism as a victim of the circumstances, changes, and demands of the knowledge society. I completely agree with your point. In these times, the consumers (audience) demand immediate information on everything that happens around the world and if one journalist wants to beat the others in being the first to deliver the news and be seen as the most efficient, they have to report the news quickly, without the proper investigative nature of fact checking. There is no time for that when you know probably 10 other journalists are working on the same story you are! And this phenomenon then results in misleading news or even maybe incomplete stories. I agree global journalism has to kick it up a notch, for as to keep up with the continually changing and demanding knowledge society, also to keep its competitive edge and create a dominating force.