My new year resolution is to stop taking the mickey out of IN&M’s financial woes, which has been particularly pleasurable in the past, given how it criticises the financial performance of its competitors.
So the new pleasure might be taking the mickey out of journalism standards at the Irish Times. A columnist today is dismissive towards new media and says “For all its immediacy and modernity, aside from what conventional media itself contributes, so-called internet journalism is at a level equivalent to the Stone Age.” irishtimes.com/newspaper/opi … 78033.html
For a very general audience, you might think the title refers to property in Dublin being up 4.2% in 2012 but a closer reading shows the non-Stone Age journalist is referring to houses only, as distinct from apartments.
I was an avid reader of newspapers, and watcher of TV news, for years - I liked to feel like I was informed. But, about 3 years ago I realized that far too much of news media is made up of regurgitated press releases, too beholden to advertisers, and exists to reinforce the views of the readership, so they’ll keep buying. Plus there’s always way too much “lifestyle” shite. So I stopped.
I get my news from what people are talking about on forums - property pin, boards.ie and (gulp) politics.ie and a couple of others.
I find the topics and issues regular forum contributors post about online are usually the important things, and are often the issues and stories that slip unnoticed (or intentionally aren’t highlighted) by newspapers - and while individual posters have agendas, of course, most forums don’t (AAM aside).
I can’t imagine a scenario where I would ever buy a newspaper again.
Edit: Oh, and about the “Irish Times says journalism in new media is in Stone Age” - to paraphrase yer woman who rode that English politician in the 60’s - “They would say that, wouldn’t they?”
On property, it’s true that both papers continue to be mouthpieces of the property bulls - with some recent articles so wildly wrong that the Internet has started wondering if a number of trolls have left the web to peddle their nonsense in “mainstream media”.
When reading the Indo especially, ask not for whom the bulls troll - they troll for thee.