It is amazing the history of free press suppression amongst those who want to take or remain in control. And more than one philosopher has noted that; He Who owns The Media, Owns The Minds Of the People. Today we see Silicon Valley, namely Google and Facebook wanting to eliminate what they call “Fake News” from their websites badisoch , namely Google News and Facebook’s News Feed. Of course, this presents a rather slippery slope – one of mass censorship. Indeed, both companies have been caught suppressing right-wing news and enhancing positive news towards left-leaning politicians.
In Washington DC, there is work to prevent Fake News in the media or online to keep foreign governments from trying to subvert our elections or poison the minds of our people from propaganda. Still, it is obvious by the mainstream media’s reporting on this effort in Washington DC that the target is right-wing alternative online news. The mainstream media is worried that it is losing millions of viewers, thus huge amounts of advertising revenues due to online news sites – competition they’d prefer not to have. Are all these forces; the mainstream media, Democrat Party, and major Internet social networks and search engines converging to control the our information and control the minds of the masses?
Online news sites have a huge advantage over the printed news media. They can post articles and coverage of breaking news within minutes of it happening. With the advents of Twitter, Instagram and other leading social media platforms, news providers are able to be in the centre of the action, as it happens, reporting events live.
This has significantly changed the type of news we regularly read, and it has changed how and when we read it. While many of us will still enjoy a leisurely morning read of the newspaper, these luxuries tend to be consigned to the realms of lazy Sunday mornings. They are no longer something we all do on a daily basis. We are much more likely to scroll through the news feed on our favourite news provider’s website. While we are on the train, during a quick coffee at work, waiting for the kettle to boil, or whenever we want to, we can use our mobile devices, laptops and pc’s to access the latest news.
Statistics indicate that increasingly, whenever people have a few minutes, they are likely to tap in to their favourite news source to get the latest updates on any given subject. The 21st Century newsroom has had to change and adapt too, as a result of this massive shift in how we access and read our news. Traditionally, as news items were picked up, they would go through a number of journalistic stages, following the editorial chain of command. A new news item would be approved, then, a journalist would work on it, pass it to the sub-editor, who would then work on it before passing it to the editor for the final editsprior to inclusion, just before going to press.
News is something that we listen to, watch or read daily to gain the knowledge of the activities and current situation of our area, city and country. News is an abbreviation for North, East, West and south i. e. news is something that covers every direction and each part of the world. I do not think that it is needed to explain the importance of news in our daily life. They are like food for our knowledge and help us in being in touch with all the current knowledge.
Sources of News: There are many sources of news. I would say anything that tells us about any information or latest activity is a news source. We get news from daily newspapers, from television, radio, the internet, even from other people by talking to each other. When there is an activity in our local area, it is spread through conversations among people and we usually get it before we read it in the newspaper or watch it on the television. This is the flow of information and all these are sources of news. The most common news sources are newspaper, television, radio and the internet.
Though newspaper is a very traditional way of getting news, but it is still the same effective and trusted way of broadcasting news. Radio is also a good mean of communication, old, but a really good and fast way. After that comes the television. There are many news channels that keep broadcasting news daily 24 by 7 so there is a strong probability that we will know about something as soon as it happens. Another method for news broadcasting is the internet. Internet is the most advanced way of getting knowledge. The best thing about the internet is that most of the things on the internet are free to access. The internet is a hub of information and that information is regularly updated.