Saturday, December 18, 2010

Misinformation In The Modern Age

If you haven't checked out the report on Misinformation and the 2010 Electorate (20-page PDF), please do so. But please remember one thing. Misinformation is not new. Regardless that Fox News is highlighted as presenting the most misinformation, what I get from the entire report is that we're increasingly lacking truly impartial and ethical journalism across the board.

For a recent example, have a look at how the media and our political leaders are reacting to the "devastating" leak of State Department cables.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Questions the media has dropped:

Who attacked the wikileaks servers? Has anyone even asked Keith Alexander or the White House if the US is responsible?

The use of the web registry to block access to wikileaks. Isn't that like denying someone a mailing address, or prior restraint on the right to publish? As the web becomes the primary publishing medium, can governments or private corporations really just shut off unpopular opinion? If not, what are the guidelines and limits? Where is the process? A similar question must pertain to Facebook.

Today Bank of America also refused to process wikileaks-related transactions, joining other money transaction sources. In other words, private corporations, at the behest of the US government, and without process, now have de facto control over speech. Remember Citizens United and "money is speech"? What happened to that logic here? Meanwhile, the New York Times op-ed opined that all money should be electronic and traced with biometric --in other words, corporations and the US government will have total control over the flow of money to journalists like wikileaks. Again, what are the guidelines, where is the process, and where are the journalists?