When you think about it, the internet and all that is shared on it is powerful.
Mainstream media now has competition with alternative news sites, as do governments.
People voice their opinions or share what they believe to be fact, whether it be in comments, on social networking sites, or in blog posts.
Anyone can be a broadcaster of sorts.
The article titled, Secret Media War of 2012 states, in part,
Throughout the heyday of print media and radio and recently, even cable news, the job of the press has been to manipulate and control public opinion as well as voting blocks. The elites bought and controlled most media outlets and developed and promoted a controlled political opposition, on both the left and the right, that allowed them to set the parameters for discussion and debate.
That’s true. News, as well as other information, used to be (and in some cases, still is) manipulated and does not necessarily consider what’s in the best interest for the public.
Before the internet, all we had were TV channels, radio and print media to depend on and what we believed was often based on limited information.
In fact, if those in powerful positions didn’t want us to know additional facts, they weren’t published.
No one was the wiser.
With the advent of blogs and social networking sites, the doors to information from all sources are now open and although at times it may feel like we’re being bombarded with too much data. we can pick and choose what to believe.
WE can make up our own mind, and not feel like we’re being brainwashed; not feel like we don’t have access to all of the facts.
Additionally, as bloggers, we have more information at our fingertips. More arguments to make. More ways to inform our readers.
And although we’re not technically journalists, we can broadcast newsworthy stories or share posts which can help others in unimaginable ways whether we have one reader or a million.
Do you realize what you post can, and does have an impact on others?
Do you feel like a newscaster, or do you think what you publish is unimportant?
Care to share?