Mistrust in politicians and the mainstream media has reached new heights. See pages and pages of inflammatory language immersed in bias, bigotry and intolerance. This cocktail of social media-driven fake news and mainstream media misinformation is a new form of cynicism that threatens to drive away the last vestiges of their once loyal audiences.
A report by Reuters found that although the next decade in journalism is likely to be “defined by increasing regulation of the internet”, most editorial bosses are sceptical about whether policy interventions will actually help them. More than half (56 per cent) of editorial bosses said they did not think changes in the law would make any difference in 2020. A quarter said they would hurt the industry, and just 18 per cent said they would help. In the end, the report reflects on the simple fact, confirmed by their own, that ‘facts’ is not what the industry has focused on and it’s just hurting.
In my irrelevant opinion all these editorial monks better watch out when finally being rocked by the next wave of technological disruption from AI-driven automation, big data, and new visual and voice-based interfaces...They will quickly have no ideas for their sermon.