The Public May Be Degrading the Quality of News

The public is becoming a more integral part of media production everyday and we have already seen some consequences of this. People like you and me are able to have a say in what is published and where it is published. Sources like Wikipedia and news outlets have seen many positive and negative effects of this.

With the public’s influence on media production, news and entertainment sources have geared themselves, with the help of their users, in the direction that the public wants. This means that the average internet user will be able to see and read about what they wish to. Also, with websites like Wikipedia, users are able to edit and add content on any topic, which keeps this information up to date and relevant. There are over 20 million users and each of them has the power to change information on Wikipedia for the better, or worse.

The ability for users to edit information may make the site seem unreliable, and at times it is, but they have a page on how they deal with Vandalism and the reliability of their site. The public also has an indirect influence on the type of media that is produced. This influence has, in some cases, caused a loss in informative news. It seems the average American is more interested in the whereabouts of the Kardashians than pressing news topics. As Tristan Lewis puts it, “Entertainment media is cheap to produce but does not necessarily create real value” in an article on Information vs Entertainment in media. I agree with this statement and have found that entertaining topics will often take the place of informative topics because that is what the public wants to see in their media.

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