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Is the Internet causing the death of mainstream news media?

The Internet is revolutionising the media as we know it, with social media and mobile smart tech is changing the way we communicate both as individuals and as a society. As a result of this technological shift independent media has been facilitated and surged in popularity, but misinformation is at an all time high and trust in traditional media sources is at an all time low. Arguably this transition seems to already be influencing political processes around the world helping to facilitate not only modern civil rights movements but also seemingly deranged conspiracy theory movements. Is the transition to online media causing the death of mainstream media? Or can other factors explain this modern deterioration of trust in legacy media? What effects is this transition likely to have?
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Yes, and the Internet may be the death of journalism

Far from just the rise of fake news and misinformation the Internet is having a marked effect on news and journalism also, and it's largely negative. The Internet undermined the direct transaction of buying newspapers from traditional news companies and these outlets now depend on clicks and advertising revenue, and to a smaller extent subscriptions. This has driven online news platforms to use “click bait” tactics, generating a social media style environment on their websites to keep users endlessly clicking rather than digesting the news. As income is based on selling users eyes to advertisers, journalist’s articles are reduced to content and this is increasingly leading to misleading headlines and less actual understanding of events. The Internet has forced news media to generate shorter content with no long form discussion, which increases revenue but doesn't enable deep difficult discussion or understanding of events or ideas, and often sensationalises stories to boost revenues.

medium.com/@almightypress/how-clickbait-is-destroying-journalism-aae1b635361d writingcooperative.com/click-bait-content-is-ruining-journalism-and-our-lives-ea1786d570b9 patheos.com/blogs/nosacredcows/2018/09/study-confirms-most-people-share-articles-based-only-on-headlines medium.com/the-faculty/the-misleading-sensational-headlines-have-got-to-stop-47101e23b9c3

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While the media in general seems to be in an unprecedented time of change the mainstream media and media bias seem alive and well. The medium of delivering media content has undoubtedly changed, but most mainstream media outlets are still the end resource people consuming news content online, it is just that the mechanisms of access and the number of voices are changing. The influence of traditional media interests are still strong online though, so called certified sources still reign supreme online, even enjoying privileged "blue tick" status on social networks like twitter, while billionaire backed news corporations still dominate news on the Internet, be they Bloomberg or the Wall Street Journal.

haemtza.blogspot.com/2021/01/mainstream-media-bias-is-alive-and-well.html medium.com/@heatherzamm/the-mainstream-media-driven-hypnosis-of-society-9366dee9cfbe harvardpolitics.com/media-bias-alive-and-well

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While the media in general seems to be in an unprecedented time of change the mainstream media and media bias seem alive and well. The medium of delivering media content has undoubtedly changed, but most mainstream media outlets are still the end resource people consuming news content online, it is just that the mechanisms of access and the number of voices are changing. The influence of traditional media interests are still strong online though, so called certified sources still reign supreme online, even enjoying privileged "blue tick" status on social networks like twitter, while billionaire backed news corporations still dominate news on the Internet, be they Bloomberg or the Wall Street Journal.
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