Amplification & the changing role of media

9 thoughts on “Amplification & the changing role of media”

  1. Reblogged this on Censemaking and commented:
    Om Malik from Giga OM writes today about the changing role of media and how the new media is transforming the way the reporting is done in the old media around story selection and amplification. Direct-to-the-world communication is replacing the direct-to-the-media-and-then-to-the-world model of journalism we had. What might this mean for knowledge translation in areas beyond tech to areas like policy, politics, science and health?

  2. I think what should happen is that the role of the journalist should become twofold. One place should contain nothing but the news, but the a separate place should contain the opinion. The lines are growing way too blurry for the proper dissemination of facts and what is obviously one person’s opinion or a “crowd-sourced” opinion. Journalists should come to a point of integrity and try to realize that it benefits the provider of the actual facts and that a reputation of objectivity is actually highly sought for. I, for one, would pay for a service that would be less opinionated and more objective. Even the fact checkers, now, are spinning the fact checking…which is just nauseating beyond belief.

  3. Great piece Om and thanks for the inclusion. What I find interesting is that journalists with traditional outlets like newspapers have really begun or have been amplifying other’s work on platforms like Twitter while their publications still don’t see or understand the value in curation. Even though by definition what they choose to cover is a form of curation. Pointing elsewhere is a reflection of your brand and POV. It doesn’t devalue it.

    1. Jason

      Thanks for the comment — I think you are right though I think there is this “curate/share” on Twitter/Facebook mentality that needs to be replaced by a holistic approach to the subjects that are chosen.

      Keep up the good work!

  4. Om, there is no proper way of making this comment making it not sound like a woisio commercial but your thought process completely resonates with our viewpoint and the fundamental problem that rises as an implication of what you have laid out is the challenge we had in mind when coming up with woisio.

    As the whole media ecosystem is going through an evolution to find a new power balance with the current decentralization, the biggest challenge is the resulting mismatch between the number of sources and the human attention span.

    The whole system had an equilibrium during the age of mass media and we all know how that operates. We wanted to build something where the selection process is driven by people’s collective choice to establish that balance required between “the human attention span” and the flourishing new media jungle.

    Please have a look at http://gigaom.com/video/woisio-closed-beta/#comment-1033131 on our proposed solution.

    Thanks,
    Mujdat Ayoguz

  5. Seing this leval of debate make me envious, in a good way. Congrats Om Malik, I have been listening conversations about the future of journalism for years in Italy, rarely the speakers sayd something new or interesting that can change the trend. If you can, one day, bring your fresh air also in our stinky country. @leonereporter

  6. I agree that in today’s world, with all the advancing technology, that the media person’s role is no longer just reporting news. Because of the advancing technology, media persons can do so much more than just report the news. I think the advances in social media sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter have made it easier for information and news to be delivered directly from the source to the source. Social media sites such as these have made it easier for media persons to send the same message as in the original report. With options such as “retweet” or “reblog”, news is able to travel faster and to more people.

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