The Media Problem
How do we really know what is happening in our world today? Most of us worry, not about the news we do hear, but about the significant news that never reaches us. In Canada, media concentration into the hands of a few conglomerates does little to encourage in-depth journalism. We also face an increasing threat from foreign ownership of mainstream media.
Into this serious breach of social contract, citizen journalists are leaping to democratize news reporting. Armed with digital cameras built into cell phones, and linked by internet blogs and You Tube, Joe and Jill Citizen can report eyewitness accounts to the world. How would we ever have known the true story of the wrongful death of Robert Dziekanski at the hands of the RCMP without citizen journalism? How would know about public safety being comprimized by sudoku-playing bus drivers without citizen journalists?
Here are some online news resources to explore:
Ashore & Afloat
"Concentration of power over what we see in the news is a danger to democracy."
- William Safire