Finding Objective Information in the Age of Social Media

INTERVIEW ON THE PRICE OF BUSINESS SHOW, MEDIA PARTNER OF THIS SITE.

Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed David Dozier who is a leading media authority.

In the latest in the ongoing series on the media, Price, and Dozier discuss the challenges in finding objective information and the importance of the consumer of news to understand what they are hearing, reading, etc.

Dozier notes that “Objective news is information attributed to knowledgeable, informed sources. Consumers can treat this information as factual because the media identify the information source. Consumers can then hold the source accountable for its accuracy. Legacy media such as The New York Times (liberal), The Wall Street Journal (conservative), and Reason (libertarian) differ in their opinions about the news. But they strive to provide accurate facts so that news consumers can form their own opinions. Legacy journalists regard objectivity as an ideal. That’s because conservatives, for example, may consider some facts or news more important than do liberals. Still, all legacy media make great efforts to get the basic facts right. Not so with social media. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide rivers of polluted information. Social media do provide some factual information. However, social media bundles misinformation and disinformation in with newsworthy facts. Social media flood consumers with commingled opinion, analysis, and hard news without reliably labeling them (as is done routinely in legacy media). See DavidDozierBooks.com.”
 
Price said that “blurred lines about opinion and fact have been pervasive in the media for decades, especially since the 1970s.  For years news was news, and opinion work was clearly differentiated from fact.  That is no longer the case and some media have even abandoned editorial and opinion pages altogether and the bias is now pervasive in all content.  It is important to restore these distinctions if the media wants to be treated seriously. It is even more important for news consumers to understand how to differentiate opinion from fact and fact from fiction.” 

The Price of Business is one of the longest-running shows of its kind in the country and is in markets coast to coast. The Host, Kevin Price, is a multi-award-winning author, broadcast journalist, and syndicated columnist. He is Editor at Large for this site.  Learn more about the show and its digital partners at www.PriceofBusiness.com.

David Dozier (DavidDozierBooks.com) is the author of the novel, The California Killing Field. He is a professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies, San Diego State University. He’s an internationally recognized expert on communication management and public relations.

According to USA Business Radio, “David Dozier is a scholar of public relations and communication management, professor emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University, and author of The California Killing Field. He says fake news has become a phenomenon, political campaigns use the tactic to influence voters, and that it’s perplexing that a conspiracy-based group such as QAnon has gained national attention.”

Kevin Price and David Dozier are doing a multi-part series on this important topic that will be on many different platforms, as well as on radio. Keep an eye out for the series throughout the Price of Business Digital Network and USA Business Radio.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW IN ITS ENTIRETY HERE

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