Monday, May 11, 2020

"Ain't it awful" or solution focused journalism?

Ain't it awful or solution focused journalism?

This comes from a marketing letter from Ev Williams the CEO of Medium, the article curator web site.

But we also recognize the information we pay attention to plays a huge part in shaping how we think. It can divide us or empower us. It can lead to insight or spark anxiety.

There is a need today to rethink the systems that dominate our information landscape—and, therefore, our attention. Do they create more clarity or confusion? Do they mislead more than they inform? And do they serve the people or the advertisers that fund them?

Editor's note:

This is the first article in a series on Ain't it awful vs. solution focused journalism.

Publishers have learned that outrage sells.

Outrage gets clicks. Advertisers like clicks, and so publishers manufacture outrage as much as possible.

How do you want to inform your thinking, with outrage or solutions?

Follow our series as we investigage this question further

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