Facebook is eating the world

Emily Bell, Columbia Journalism Review, Mar 11, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There's a danger, writes the author, in  danger, writes the author, in the ascendancy of social media networks. "We are handing the controls of important parts of our public and private lives to a very small number of people, who are unelected and unaccountable." True, and it's a concern. But it should be noted that before social networks, we weren't any better off, as our media were handled by "the staid, politically entrenched, and occasionally corrupt gatekeepers we have had in the past." I grew up delivering newspapers, spent my youth learning the trade, and love journalism. But I didn't miss newspapers, because they had long since sold their integrity to the highest bidder. This is something publishers and educators need to keep in mind as they face their own challenges from the digital world.

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