AI: News Media
Since the Olympics started, I’ve been avoiding certain areas of the internet as much as possible, namely news websites and social media. (I await my gold medal in Fun Ruining with glee.) What started out as a quest to avoid getting annoyed as much as possible has turned into a quest to break the habit of constantly checking those sites. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the media and how it reports on current events.
I’ve been primarily using the BBC News website for the last few years – that’s a reliable, relatively non-biased source, right? I certainly took that for granted until recently, when the BBC spectacularly failed to report on the true nature of the recently (and regrettably) passed Health and Social Care Bill, which will essentially pull the NHS apart to be sold to the highest bidder – in fact, it barely reported on it at all. This got me wondering if there is such a thing as a completely non-biased news source. Ever since I’ve been on the lookout for a better place to find out about what’s happening in the world.
I’ve also been increasingly finding out about breaking news via social media (then checking them against traditional outlets) and reading blogs, though these clearly have problems of their own. Poor science reporting is a problem even for sources that are otherwise relatively sound. Since Independent columnist Johann Hari was suspended for plagiarism and Wikipedia vandalism, I’ve been wary of that form of journalism too. Even when I discover decent sources of information, the news is so unrelentingly terrible that I start to see the appeal of remaining ignorant.
Where do you get most of your news from – is it in print, online or another form? Do you seek out non-biased news sources or more politically charged ones?
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