The internet gives everyone a voice. Unfortunately, it made bloggers think they were journalists at the same time. THIS is a blog. I’m not relaying any information that is not of my opinion. However, everything from news to tech to pop culture sites are dressed up as news but have bloggers with no idea how journalism and ethics even work. This lack of decorum completely ditches journalistic integrity and ethics in favor of slanted editorial meant to NOT relay the news but make the news and push opinion. That isn’t how it is supposed to work.
Once these glorified bloggers have posted up their opinion pieces, they race over to Twitter and Facebook and whatever other social network they are on and they proceed to blast out their opinion where it will be shared by the mindless sheep who are pushovers for being told what to do, how to think, and how to act. The general population is very much of the hive mind subservient type these days. These opinion pieces, which are almost always wrong when it comes to having any facts, are then shared over and over and people believe it as if it was some religion.
We really have very little real news anymore. Real news frames the picture, shows off both sides, and then lets the viewer or reader form their own opinions. That no longer happens. As a matter of fact, I’d say that 99% of the news these days is editorial opinion pushing an angle. The very headlines are opinions to TELL you what to do.
When it comes to headlines… you can spot bloggers quickly… They like doing this type of headline quite a bit these days: “No/Yes… X is/is not doing Y.” If the headline begins with “Yes” or “No” then you are dealing with a blogger that is pushing opinion. If you see one of these headlines, just keep moving. Don’t bother clicking on their clickbait articles.
The fact that “real news” sites now pay bloggers to push their editorial as news is alarming because “the free press” has died by being over ran by these paid bloggers opinions. I don’t want my news telling me how to think, what to do, or how to feel. I don’t want my news to be all about drama. I want my news to state the facts of both sides and for those relaying the news to be impartial. Unfortunately… that is a dead dynamic that has long since been buried by the rise of the paid bloggers.