Navigating a Media Landscape Where Everyone’s a Journalist, by Marilyn Greenwald
For nearly two decades in the late twentieth century, Americans who wanted to know what was happening in the world could turn to Walter Cronkite, whose moniker was “the most trusted man in America.” With his deep baritone and solemn demeanor, the CBS Evening News anchorman was, indeed, the voice of reason who inspired confidence in his viewers. Most took seriously the closing phrase of his broadcast each evening: “And that’s the way it is.”
But those were simpler times. In an age of snappy Facebook posts, 280-character tweets and self-promoting ideological blogs, everyone, literally, can aspire to be a critic—or a reporter. The unregulated world of social media today is full of noise and chaos. The truth can be camouflaged or obliterated completely—accidentally or intentionally.