This is the Web2.0-Revolution
Freedom of press has become a rareness in today’s globalized media world. Recent (media events) such as the increasing repression against critical journalists in china and iran, the new ratified media-law in hungary, or the generally increasingly negative circumstances for critical journalists all over the world only emphasize this fact.
Journalists risk their life, when they do their actual job. The general consensus in the western world is, that journalists should serve as the fourth power in a state, controlling and critisizing the politicians. Though nowadays, because of a more and more globalized (media) world of „infotainment“ and huge media corporations, this supposed virtue, which should be upheld by the creators of media, has become very seldom.
The main concern of those media corporations has become making money by providing useless news, scandalizing, moralizing and by delivering campaign-journalism.
Actually educating and illuminating the public has become obsolete in the eyes of many media people, since competition is increasing more and more.
Media corporations aren’t the only ones to blame, though. A very high percentage of people accept and even demand exactly what they are fed by the mainstream media. They are happy with the lies they are told and use the disposable news to spend leisure time.
But there are still some people out there that try to illuminate the public about what actually is going on. Yet, they can only be found using the internet.
The whole WikiLeaks affair is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to objective and critical journalists using the power of blogs, microblogs, communities and networks to report on what’s going wrong in a country.
Though the chinese government tries to harm critical journalists and claims wrong causes for prison-punishments, the internet community knows what’s going on. And information spreads fast in the realm of the world wide web. Once posted, it can’t and won’t be erased from both servers and people’s minds. And when the government shuts down one server, an information already has been posted on 5 new servers.
In Iran, when huge protests went off after election, protesters used Twitter to report to the public what was actually going on, despite the iranian media blackout. Whether exaggerated or not, the power of blogging and microblogging combined with pictures and videos should not be overseen.
Online communities, such as the already mentioned WikiLeaks or Anonymous show that there is still a last bastion of freedom of speech – on the internet.
The internet works by its own rules, credibility is the first and major priority and journalistic virtues (such as writing,five Ws, inverted pyramid) are often not neglected. But the internet serves as the number one communication medium for critical reporting.
Let’s keep it that way!