Falling for fake news
Meanwhile SnapChat has had success with its 24 hour Live Stories, crowdsourced collections of digital media from a specific location. Trump was elected, Brexit happened, there were repeated terror attacks in Europe, Aleppo was turned to rubble and David Bowie died. These were events that shook the world, but it was also a year in which the media itself became the news. Post-truth, the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year, reflects a world where “objective facts have become less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion”. Experts and commentators were denigrated and at least some the news itself turned out to be not just biased but fake. Some say the e-reader will boost newspaper revenues because ink, printing and delivery now eat up more than 50% of costs.
- “Never a dull moment” – exploring journalism careers Tsvetelina Stancheva, second-year BA Journalism student, reports on a visit from the