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Censorship, Echo Chamber, and Democratization of News


Here’s the top 12 News stories that didn’t make mainstream media and should’ve.

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2007

More here at Project Censored. Anyone can slap up a blog these days, for free, and report on what they want, or set up iGoogle and track news that didn’t make the News. That’s the beauty of personalization on the ‘net.

Many editors get miffed when I talk about social media informing mainstream media. “The day we rely on comments for news, is the day that unbiased, professional reporting dies!” cry they. But it’s naive to think that when the audience is telling you what they think is hot news and what they want to see and hear, that the media savvy won’t respond. For better or for worse.

And as Lara Logan on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart says ” If I were to watch the News that your hearing in the United States, I’d just blow my brains out because it would drive me nuts” And she is the Chief Foreign Correspondent of CBS News. Her stories get buried because the audience struggles to tell one military uniform from another. What will she do when the editors really start listening to a bunch of marketing and PR bloggers that have more listeners/viewers/readers than mainstream media do?

Use the power of social media wisely, my poppets. The Echo Chamber is alive and well online as well as offline. In fact it impacts our lives more than we know, at a personal level. Here’s a great post from This Is Herd – I start my classes asking people about their passion – not allowed to mention work (unless it is a consuming self employment) or family (cos we are all passionate about our kids etc). This stops everyone from being in the “professional” trap of reading only highbrow websites and The Australian and all that rubbish. Nothing worse than a class of people debating the merits of Radio National podcasts or some such rubbish – I want them to tell me about the acting theatre online community they joined or the social network around Bridge (game) they are addicted to – much more engaging, and makes the exercises more fun. Well, for me anyway!

Note: I think this is the first time I have linked to This Is Herd so there’s no echo here on my blog .. echo… echo… 😛

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

2 thoughts on “Censorship, Echo Chamber, and Democratization of News

  1. I suppose what I wonder is how do you differentiate between a “censored story” and a baseless conspiracy theory? As you point out the “echo chamber is alive and well online.”

  2. Thank you for the kind words Laurel, my post about the echo chamber drew heavily on an earlier one from Shannon Paul, a PR professional and new media coordinator for the Detroit Red Wings (ice hockey).

    Her original post is definitely worth a read: http://tinyurl.com/6gzwmn

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