1. With Twitter, Facebook, everyone is a journalist, says Harsha Bhogle in a Facebook post

With Twitter, Facebook, everyone is a journalist, says Harsha Bhogle in a Facebook post

In today's world everyone thinks of himself being a journalist, and this is excatly what cricket commentator has mentioned in his Facebook post.

By: | Published: July 28, 2016 3:19 PM
He talks about a time when responsible journalism was practiced and the only way to compete was to put the news out faster than other and not resort to delivering what’s sensational. He talks about a time when responsible journalism was practiced and the only way to compete was to put the news out faster than other and not resort to delivering what’s sensational.

In today’s world everyone thinks of himself being a journalist, and this is excatly what cricket commentator has mentioned in his Facebook post. He writes, “social media arrived and with twitter, facebook but increasingly with whatsapp, everyone is a journalist but without the responsibility of being one. And so the onus of sifting between the dignified and the truthful, and the provocative and the untrue, is now no longer with the disseminator of the news but with the receiver”.

He talks about a time when responsible journalism was practiced and the only way to compete was to put the news out faster than other and not resort to delivering what’s sensational. He says, “There was a time when being a journalist, a bit like being a judge, meant that you were bestowed a certain responsibility. People believed in you and that trust had to be worn at all times. But news was competition too and so you needed to stay ahead. You did that by getting news early but you were still truthful, or at least a majority felt the need to be so. Then social media arrived and with twitter, facebook but increasingly with whatsapp, everyone is a journalist but without the responsibility of being one. And so the onus of sifting between the dignified and the truthful, and the provocative and the untrue, is now no longer with the disseminator of the news but with the receiver. But social media is at least a personal platform. When mass media abdicates its responsibility, when the provider of the news seeks to become the news and therefore needs to act provocatively to attract attention (the very act he/she should be filtering out), we are in dangerous times.”

On Wednesday, in a Facebook post, Barkha Dutt slammed Arnab Goswami for the ‘Kargil Diwas’ debate on Newshour. The thought may or may not be provoked by Dutt’s post.

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