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The fourth estate in an age of new media and instant gratification

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

If we accept that the press, from its earliest days, has always been influenced by factors other than the wish to report the news and to inform the public, then it seems to me that the most important challenge for the press today arises from the search for an economically viable yet credible way to adapt news output to the demand for an online presence, in the face of criticisms about ‘dumbing down’. Both present huge problems: the lowering of standards is difficult to overcome, and probably reflects changes in society – one could argue that the people get the press they deserve; the move to ‘online’ is also inevitable, and is likely to be very difficult to regulate. Read more…