The 5 News Challenges Of The Digital Age

Are you sick with the news? Are you frustrated with all the opinions and barely any reporting? Are you tired of not being told the whole truth? Of having to decide what’s accurate and what’s BS? Of the time & effort required to sift through a bunch of articles?

I’ve been there. In the paragraphs below I share solutions to these problems.

In Today’s Digital Age, We Have 5 News Challenges:

1) The blurred lines between facts and opinions.
2) The news’ preference for reporting before they have full facts.
3) The tsunami of information and disinformation.
4) The fact that people only accept narratives that fit their worldview.
5) And, last but not least: propaganda, biases, lies, half-truths, inaccuracy, fake news, corrupt outlets and partisan articles.

All of this causes anger and confusion, no? In fact, news articles are so lousy that readership among Big Media is going down. Most people don’t even trust the news outlets. There’s a near universal lack of trust in them. This is a major problem for us and democracy.

Propaganda

The 2016 U.S. presidential election was ablaze with fake news, biased news outlets and uncritical reporters. The news isn’t 100% accurate. Either the outlets lie, mislead or they report news before they have the facts.

Most of them present themselves as fair and unbiased. However, through the articles we read and the facts that are reported or omitted, we know that that’s not usually the case. News outlets report all the unnecessary issues and leave out many important issues. Some have a bias towards a political party, others a foreign policy bias, and yet others towards a corporation. In short, they report only those things that support their agenda.

This propaganda isn’t only dividing Americans but it’s demonizing one party against the other. The Republican news outlets point out the Democrats’ corruption and the Democrats, in turn, point out the Republicans’ corruption. Both say the other side is destroying our country. They’re in this unending left/right battle and we, the citizens, are caught in the propaganda crossfire. This is sensationalism. And it spreads hate.

The Time Required To Explore An Issue

On top of the propaganda, bias and sensationalism, none of us have time to explore an issue in-depth. But, it’s not safe to just read one article anymore. A single article rarely offers all the facts.

There have been many times where I’ve read an article that said something is true and later on, sometimes many years later, I see that it was actually false, that the first article had a bias. I usually go through 10–15 news articles a day and find only 1 or 2 articles that report a complete story.

I usually go through 10–15 news articles a day and find only 1 or 2 articles that report a complete story.

So, what’s a consumer to do? How do we, as consumers, decide what’s accurate and what’s B.S.? How do we get to the facts in faster? How do we become media literate?

The Solution

There’s no doubt that in the modern digital age, the news consumer needs to become news literate.

Most of you reading this are very smart. You know that most mainstream news outlets are just partisan PR/propaganda firms. You know that the press can be wined and dined to propagate their agenda. And, you know that the media has a bias for conflict. They emphasize negative topics: such as conflicts, negative events and tragedies.

Most Of You Reading This Know 2 Important Facts:

1) That you must inform yourself.
2) And, the only way to find the truth is by performing your own due diligence. So, cross-checking, verifying, researching, asking if they are telling the whole truth or omitting facts.

But what else? What else can we do to get accurate, unbiased and nonpartisan news in the fastest possible way?

In the next article, I share with you 5 tips on how to get more accurate news in a shorter amount of time. Sign up below and I’ll send it right over.

To Better Journalism,
Nikhil Mahadea