Thursday, September 1, 2011

#Media independence has declined post 9/ll

The 10 years since 9/11 have been a momentous time in media history, with explosive Internet growth, the emergence of online search as the chief rudder of public attention, the boom in social networks, mobile devices and tablets and, now, the birth of specialized apps for every imaginable slice of information and entertainment.

The velocity and richness of media inventiveness come, however, amid a paradox: The sharp decline of the news media institutionally.

By that I mean the media not as information utilities, where they are still indispensable, but as entities with the will, the material base and the intellectual courage to stand up to the powerful winds of manipulation and to speak independently in what they believe is the public interest.

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