Where’s the news?
Communication methods have evolved tremendously in the past few decades. First, Printing Presses, information was only passed through papers/books/eventually newspapers, altogether this was a slow process. Moving onto Radio, Television and The Internet, portable and at your fingertips. (and there always of course was the word-of-mouth, but that’s a different story). Each method, respectively, hastened the pace and speed of information shared, transmitted and communicated to the world tremendously.
Throughout its development, Media broadcasted to the world information, facts, findings, shows and entertainment. but it also was a documentation of life as it is, Archives. Archives are worth more than we can imagine; witnesses on history, on the events of yesterday for the justice and growth of tomorrow. (as long as they are unaltered of course)
But this documenting nature of Media seems to have … in way .. altered. With the emergence of propaganda machines, many news agencies no longer document the events in our lifetime, they report them with an opinion. No longer are these (not all of course) media stations neutral factors, they openly embrace their opinions into the scoop.
Even more advanced is the “making” of the news. Predicting, enticing and assuming, some even write articles, long elaborate stories of What-Ifs .. long gone are days where the media was your only unbiased trusted source of knowledge that reported the facts only and let tomorrow come as is, without fluffing speculations…
The World, not only the middle east has entered a new era, one that won’t be put down by guns, power and fear. People have realized freedom and are willing to fight for it. The middle east is witnessing change at a rate unpredictable by any person or historian. Freedom, after all, seems to be highly contagious in volatile regions (+petrol heavy ones). Media agencies are investing all efforts to cover the events ongoing throughout the region, but given the simultaneous events, you wouldn’t know with whom to start, what to say and what to remember is an opinion, who to interview, what questions to ask, what angle to repeat, what to mark as opinion, and what is solid facts. The learning curve in revolutions is really steep and i hope the broadcasts catch-up.
Until then, I trust the words of those on the street documenting their lives/revolutions through pictures, videos, blogs and tweets primarily. and then check-reference them with media-outlets. Because it’s the lives of those in the streets that the revolutions are for. It’s their hands that carve it and their souls that seek it.
Note: this post is not in reference to any particular news station (although parts may apply to many) but a mere observation to practices of anchormen/women on many stations.