Tag Archives: Poynter

With Fake Viral Videos, Tradional Media Are Duped

First there was the bird of prey nearly snatching up a baby in his talons.

Now an adorable, heroic pig saves a drowning baby goat.

As it turns out, both of these videos were manufactured stunts. Writing at paidContent,the media observer Mathew Ingram praises these vids for their entertainment value, but criticizes the journalistic outlets who broadcast them without verifying if they are, in fact, authentic.

Where BuzzFeed and Reddit specialize in this kind of sharable, internet gold, traditional media merely amplify the marketing efforts of these viral campaigns, Ingram argues. He also notes that this both erodes the trust we have with journalists, and by imitating linky internet sites, renders their journalism more irrelevant.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Graphic Or Merely Indecent

Jeff Sonderman at Poynter has a great roundup of essays that grappled with the NY Post photo that I discussed in my last post.

The sociologist Zeynep Tufekci articulates a simple and persuasive method for determining when a journalistic photo is provocative, graphic and ultimately in the public interest versus one that is merely indecent and there to grab attention.

In sum: if the event is one-off and rare in nature, if the subject of the photo is not representative of an ongoing tragedy with many other victims, and if there is a split-second decision in which taking of the photo and trying to save the victim clash, that does not qualify as a graphic photo whose taking, purchasing and publication serves public interest and consequently what New York Post has done is crass and indefensible—and also indefensibly insensitive to the victim’s family.

Tagged , , , , ,
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 583 other followers