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Anatomy of a Moral Panic

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So much truth in this article. I spent years in media and the incentives and revenue systems that have evolved there are not good for the mission of news organizations.

And reporters have no choice but to chase clicks. Because Google and Facebook have a duopoly on online advertising, the only measure of success in publishing is whether a story goes viral on social media. Authors are evaluated by how individual stories perform online, and face constant pressure to make them more arresting. Highly technical pieces are farmed out to junior freelancers working under strict time limits. Corrections, if they happen at all, are inserted quietly through ninja edits’ after the fact.

That pretty much sums up the status quo.

Posted on September 21, 2017

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