The Internet = Waffle?

Yesterday I was following #askeconomist.  This question stood out for me:

While I think the internet has definitely changed journalism for the better, we can’t deny the sheer amount of waffle that exists out there on t’internet (and I’m not talking about the good kind you can have with ice cream).

What probably grates on me the most is the number of people who proclaim themselves as gurus.  Working in digital marketing I’m regularly bombarded with messaging by social, search and brand ‘gurus’ (note my number two dislike is know-it-alls who don’t know it all).

Despite that, one of the best things the internet has done is to allow us to get the news as it’s happening, by real people.  I’ve literally been hooked on Twitter for the past week and a bit, watching the ever-evolving #NOTW story break with yet more revelations.

Not BBC News, not The Guardian – Twitter.

It’s getting harder for big media owners to set the agenda – thanks to Twitter and the likes, we have a voice.

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2 Responses to The Internet = Waffle?

  1. Tom says:

    I slightly disagree about media owners not setting the agenda – the whole NOTW story has been doggedly pursued by the Guardian, and although I’ve been following the NOTW story on twitter, the updates I’m interested in most are from sources such as the Guardian and BBC who I feel I can rely on amongst the rumour and speculation – media owners accountability (I realise that’s an odd term considering current events!) still carries and will continue to carry substantial weight in my book.

  2. Cass says:

    Oh I still think they set and control the agenda, I just think it’s getting a *bit* harder for them to do so as it’s now easier for us as consumers to open up a dialogue.

    P.s. very excited when sifting through piles of spam comments to see this real one!

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