With modern communications, are we being steered down a ‘movie script’ with futuristic story lines becoming a reality.
Most of us may think we have original thought, when we are awake at least. But technology especially in social media has rapidly taken hold. You can now select your own news feed on the BBC news app., and get a very insular view point. Most journalists are desperate to get a toe hold in world of the news scoop. Waiting for the news headlines to appear may be too long to wait, and anyway editors may bin the item. But a twitter feed will blast it to the world right now and claim the scoop prize.
The dynamics of twitter obviscate fact checking. The news story could be full of holes, and whilst these can be patched when someone spots a gaff it’s not before the damage can be done. Some journalists have ripped out 65,000 tweets. Apart from interest by the Guinness book of records how is it possible can anyone write on so many issues. No-one with a life can generates so many ‘ meaningful’ tweets. Regretfully the disease is wide spread and utilised by many senior reporters.
This is the curse of the ‘publish and be damned’ action. Here are some suggestions to correct the sydrome.
- Get your mother to read the article first.
- Set an automatic 24 hour time delay before it goes live.
- Allow 200 tweets a year maximum – use them wisely.
- Nobody retweets; use your own thoughts.
- Senior politicians restricted to two tweets per year.