Can you trust the mainstream media? This is a popular question that everyone of us asks at least once. The abundance of information is great when you know that you can trust it. But how can we be sure in its trustworthiness nowadays?
Unfortunately, the current online media is all about profit. For most sources, money and how to make it is everything that matters. The regular readers often do not know how or do not care to check the quality of content. We are talking here not about the way the material is written but about the content itself. The media aim to make the public interested finding new and new ways to catch the attention of the audience. Sometimes, publishing make-believe stories is the only method they use.
We all love a good viral video or story. How can you miss the news about a trending celebrity or not watch a video with a million views? This is exactly why mainstream media is a popular form of journalism today. It often happens that the base of MSM news is unreliable. In reality, people start passing vain rumors around.
What is MSM news? These are the stories that cover trending topics, influence large audiences, and depict the prevailing currents of thoughts. In other words, it is the content that is aimed at masses and tells them exactly what they want to hear.
MSM media is not always a bad influence. Some sources provide thought-provoking topics and cover useful and interesting stories. There is even some viral news that may educate you. If you know where to look, you will find that even mainstream media can be stimulating. The only question is whether we can sort through the sea of fakes and find something interesting and trustworthy.
Why Do We Lie?
Speaking of the modern media, one particular question is unavoidable—why do they lie? Is there really no more interesting news that the only option is to publish fakes? Have we already exhausted this resource?
Let’s face the fact—lying media is not a novice. There have always been scandal sheets working for hype and nothing informative. Since the times when news has been passed by word of mouth, gossips and tall tales have been a constant presence in the information field.
Today, media lies are more common than they used to be. The easy access to information played a great role in it. You can publish and promote stories just as fast as you get to learn the new ones. In the modern world of democracy, everyone has the right to their own opinion and to announce it. Thus, is it often hard to tell whether the story is based on facts or on somebody’s opinion.
Besides, media today is a profitable business that most of us have access to. Moreover, this is a popular occupation that is becoming more and more powerful with each passing year. And when the competition is so big, mainstream media is the easiest way to maintain a stable profit.
Publishing stories that people would like to see is the surest way to keep their attention. Comply with the general audience and make everything to please it, even if you have to create fake news to do it. While the majority of media portals continue to think so, we have to be careful what we consume. Our minds can be just as polluted as the environment around us.
There were numerous cases in the past when media lied to us, and the same will be happening in the future. Now, it is the responsibility of the readers to keep an eye on the quality of content. If you believe a fake, it is your problem.
Most media portals do it for money. Publishing something trending and shocking at the same time brings more traffic thus increasing the company’s profit. Often, fake news is spreading even faster than real stories. Another reason for publishing biased news articles is political. Promoting your ideas or creating any kind of commotion can have both positive and negative influence on a political party. Depending on their goals, a number of pro-political companies publish news to strengthen their own campaign or demolish the rival one.
There are many other reasons why fake news is created and sometimes even supported by the PR agents of celebrities. It is often done for fame, attention, and so on.
As a reader, you have to know that no matter the purpose, fake and rubbish stories have to be avoided—they bring us nothing useful.
So, let us see how to find a trustworthy source of information and where you can check the reliability of stories.
How to Find Quality Resources
According to the charts, almost 75 percent of internet users admit that they do not believe in the trustworthiness of modern media. Are we really too skeptical or has it become too difficult to find a reliable source that would tell us the truth and provide meaningful stories?
Well, there is always a place for doubts. Media trust is a tricky thing that is not popular today. However, there are still many places that a sophisticated reader can rely on—you just have to learn to differentiate between quality portals and fakes.
So, you have to be wary of those MSM media sources that try to present themselves as real. There are a few tips that will help you in your search.
Browse the Internet in search of some publishers that are generally recognized to mix fake and real news. There are a few names that well-informed people try to avoid including The Sun, The Daily Mail, the Empire News, Empire Sports, Occupy Democrats, and so on. Social media networks are a whole new level of freedom of speech. You can write anything you want there and some readers are bound to believe you. Despite Facebook’s claim about prioritizing trustworthy news, the network is still full of fake content and vain posts that only waste the time of readers. It is up to you to decide what pages to include in your feed, but be sure to check their reliability and verification.
Can you fully believe media? The right approach would be to take everything with a grain of salt. It especially concerns social media that already has a low level of trust. Be sure to check the facts and sources of an article.
As with the list of the least reliable publishers, there a few names that tend to create informative content based on facts. Among them, there are Economist, the Guardian, London Trust Media companies, Nexter.org, and so on. Most of them are independent websites that base their content on facts and use experts in the field to create a story. Some of them are more professional, others focus on entertainment, like Nexter.org. This is a diverse portal that mostly focuses on positive news that fights your boredom but also includes serious articles on world’s politics, economics, and international news. This is a good combination of something light and professional that has stories for any taste and mood.
There are many other tips on how to find a reliable source. However, the main rule to remember is to find something that suits you and gives you that kind of information that you need.