This post was edited by ztoa789 at 2016-5-1 14:31|
Too Much Media
Our media environment is very noisy, abundant, even polluted. Columbia journalism professor Todd Gitlin calls it “media unlimited.” while writer David Shenk calls it “data smog.”
We have never had more stuff to hear, see, scan, play, select, view. We’ve never had more channels, and we’re about to get so many more—check your cell phone for updates, and plug in that iPod.
The problem of having too much media is where to start when we think about media reform. Our own efforts to control our selections, combined with the efforts of large corporations to channel our choices, pose new challenges for people who know that democratic action depends on trustworthy communication.
Big media corporations—let’s just call them Big Media—like to assure the American public that we have all the information we need, and all the voice we want. And so we don’t need any regulations that put limits on Big Media.
And actually, I’m sure it’s true that I could find the information I need—if I knew I needed it, and knew where to get it.I’m pretty sure that I can figure out how to make an audio file and upload it, too. But that is not the same thing as having useful communication. For that, I need reliable and consistent information, and I need other people who share that information. That shared information helps people see themselves as members of the public, meet other members of the public and act as the public. Public communication makes democratic process possible.