Covid-19, last year’s bushfires, floods and the compelling US elections have put media into high relief. Criticism of new and old media has intensified as the big issues continue to unfold. Distrust of media has always existed, sometimes justified but often not.
Today, with a mind-boggling array of sources, the word ‘media’ is a catch-all that is often used as a pejorative. But is this generic distrust and trashing of media justified? How can anyone deal with the overwhelmining amount of information? And how do you know what to trust?
PETER CHRISTOPHER, a journalist and media executive for 40 years and a Gospel, Society and Culture committee member, offers insights to help you understand and navigate what can be treacherous waters.
MEDIA – HOW TO AVOID THE PITFALLS
THIS first blog lists some of dangers of the new media and offers advice on how to recognise them.
MEDIA – UNDERSTANDING YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
THE second in the series looks at the responsibility you have when engaging with the new media.
MEDIA – WHY IT’S A NEW CHALLENGE
THE third piece offers background to help you understand the changes and disruption that’s challenging all media … and how and why they impact you.
MEDIA – IT’S PERSONAL
In the fourth in a series, I look at why it’s hard to avoid 24/7 crisis coverage and the negative impact it has on you.