Using news tools and making lists

I’ve been reading about digital forms of narrative recently. The impetus for some of the new topics is the advent of Alexa and other voice-reactive media sources. One worry that came up was that if the airwaves/alexa waves were controlled in quite specific ways then entire topics might be ignored by listeners. Then came the …

Plurality and working up a first draft

“At the heart of plurality concerns is a conviction that healthy democracies depend on the circulation and intersection of diverse voices and perspectives.” “One look at Google’s most recent patent filing for its news algorithm reveals just how much size matters in the world of digital news: the size of the audience, the size of the newsroom, …

Who controls the internet (controls the world)

The internet was created out of public resources — it was a military project worked on at universities. It is now (almost?) exclusively owned by corporations. I went to a 5G talk at the Watershed last year hoping to understand more about what the concerns were but instead got to hear the benefits of it. …

Social media is not just for citizen journalists

When I was envisaging this research, I only saw it from a citizen journalist’s perspective. The picture goes something like in Figure: But reading Basu, I have seen there are more elements to how ‘voices’ get amplified. The amplification and trust in the news is filtered through algorithms. “Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are among …

The economics of social media news — modeling

The economics of running a news platform at either social, local or national level affect the process and capability of news production. National papers have more resources than local or independent media. Local papers have more resources than independent media. Independent media often doesn’t have the ability to go out and find a consistent set …

Article writing

Adding a bit more substance to my article outline: From a post written on Friday but posted yesterday because for some reason WordPress didn’t publish it on Friday — Gaining and examining authority as a citizen journalist There are two types of authority — one assigned to a journalist by their audience, and two, the …

Showing up and documenting — praxis

Each morning, a worry pops up that I’ll have nothing to write that day, and each day I find a new insight without fail. It isn’t until I write out all that I know that I am able to discover what I didn’t know I knew. So I keep showing up every morning. The showing-up …

Public private partnerships

City Leap could be a useful case study of the effect of social media on local political participation. It’s a topic that on the face of it seems quite vast and full of buzzwords; so much so that it’s barely understood — but is part of a broad wave of practices through globalisation and neoliberalism …

Narrow range of options

Basu writes about how the media have managed a near total media amnesia about the 2008 financial crisis and its causes. She identifies three factors at play: a narrow range of elite perspectives, a lack of historical context and a lack of global context. We can see similar at the local level. We see it …

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