Hello Everybody!: One Journalist’s Search for Truth in the Middle East – Joris Luyendijk

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Het Zijn Net Mensen - Joris Luyendijk

I read the book inDutch (“Het zijn net mensen”), but it has been published in English as well. Which is great, because it lets me tell you about it on this blog. And I do believe this book os interesting to anyone in the Western world, and perhaps even in the other parts as well 😉

The news you consume is excessively filtered

Although this might not be as big an eye-opener as it was when the book was published (2007), it still applies. Any international news that you consume through media channels that are operated by editors, are filtered and keyed towards impact. Not information or knowledge, but the amount of ‘thrill’ or news-worthy-ness decides if the story is broadcast to you. And even then, the story is (most of the times) constructed from bits and pieces of content that were prepared  by – get this- the subject itself.

It is impossible to ‘do’ regular journalism from within dictatorships

Because regular journalism requires being able to research your sources, check facts, find information. None of that exists in dictatorships. However, the journalist has no means to get that message across to his audience, because it would not constitute ‘news’.

We need to understand that we consume filtered news when we do. We need to realize that, unless we take an interest to the local ways of any place that we hear news from, we cannot really gauge the impact of anything reported. This is a big task for any regular citizen. Luckily, the internet helps us here. There is still hope, if we only make the effort.

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Guardian editor-in-chief sets out 15 things Twitter does effectively


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I’ve lost count of the times people – including a surprising number of colleagues in media companies – roll their eyes at the mention of Twitter. “No time for it,” they say. “Inane stuff about what twits are having for breakfast. Nothing to do with the news business.”

Here, off the top of my head, are 15 things, which Twitter does rather effectively and which should be of the deepest interest to anyone involved in the media at any level.

1) It’s an amazing form of distribution

2) It’s where things happen first

3) As a search engine, it rivals Google

4) It’s a formidable aggregation tool

5) It’s a great reporting tool

6) It’s a fantastic form of marketing

7) It’s a series of common conversations. Or it can be

8) It’s more diverse

9) It changes the tone of writing

10) It’s a level playing field

11) It has different news values

12) It has a long attention span

13) It creates communities

14) It changes notions of authority

15) It is an agent of change

Moreover, I’m simply using Twitter as one example of the power of open, or social media. Twitter may go the way of other, now forgotten, flashes in the digital pan. The downside of Twitter also means that the full weight of the world’s attention can fall on a single unstable piece of information. But we can be sure that the motivating idea behind these forms of open media isn’t going away and that, if we are blind to their capabilities, we will be making a very serious mistake, both in terms of our journalism and the economics of our business.

Read more at www.guardian.co.uk


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