This week we were introduced to the idea of gatekeepers and gatewatchers in the internet.
Gatekeeper: Filters information
Gatewatcher: Observes the information flow
In the traditional form of journalism such as articles in newspapers and news broadcasting, the content that would be created were observed by the gatekeepers. These are the personnel who decides how content and information that is related to the story can be brought out to the public, or the gatewatchers, to ensure great and authentic quality articles.
However through our abilities as prosumers and consumers, and the presence of citizen journalism, the way content is filtered has slowly and slowly faded to the point we are at now, where any content can be posted and there is no filter of quality or appropriation
Journalism has changed from what it was many years ago before all these technological advancements; In the past authors publish at a cost and if content is not high quality, then you have no audience. Now there is no cost to publishing online, and there is no filter for quality
In the end the nature of journalism is summed up by what Ted said in the lecture:
“When information is scarce-content is everything
When it is abundant-coherence is everything”