Throughout the past year, we saw our world begin to split into sides. Whether it was immigration, pro-life or pro-choice, the environment, Obamacare, the Second Amendment, taxes; the only thing people could agree on was that they disagreed. The most recent division we have seen is between the media and the public. Unfortunately, this division between news outlets and the people may be one of the most detrimental divisions yet.
This strained relationship between the pubic and the media is not one side’s fault. Because news has become such an instant expectation from the public, many people tend to only read the headlines or just the first few paragraphs of an article to get the information they want.
On the other hand, because of the constant demand for news, many outlets have been forced to produce content at a rapid amount just to stay relevant. This has established a quantity over quality mindset for writers which causes them to cut corners when it comes to providing accurate and verified information.
Social media has also caused an immense problem with how the media is being received by the public. Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, give people the opportunity to share whatever they want; it has become common for one person to share false information. Then the inaccurate facts start to spread like wildfire until they become “common fact” when it wasn’t true to begin with.
The rift is detrimental because without accurate information and confidence in the media, people can’t get the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about the world around us. The lack of knowledge just continues the sides in our society.
So how can we bring the public and the media back on the same side?
Writers need to make sure they are putting unbiased, accurate information be the priority whenever they are planning to publish an article. It is also important for people who decide to post things on social media that their information is true. It is up to the public to make sure they are getting their information from not only reputable sources, but double checking it with other sources.