This article was in the brain of many; some have reported on it piece by piece. Halieus Media has a running tally of the damage to colleagues and our sources however; Jon Robertson of The Hagmann Report not only beat us to it, he pulled concepts and evidence out of the collective brains of all Independent journalism. He did a masterful job of encapsulating the facts from 40,000 foot perspective. A hearty “Thank you!” and #hattip is due him from the whole truth in journalism community.
Collaboration among independent journalists can be a challenge; Tim Pool and Luke Rutkowski, Jordan Sather and Isaac Green have made it work. Others have had heated, unprofessional, embarrassing exchanges in the past. Crowdsource The Truth is one recent example. It is the nature of uncensored media and it needs to change if voluntary financial support is to continue.
For Halieus Media this is not an issue because we do not produce audio or video at this time. However, these and others are our sources. Frankly, we do not have time to wade through an hour or more of passionately held beliefs being trashed. We are after news, clarity of thought and continuity of content. In print, we can skim through an article, find the relevant information and incorporate it. Even in audio, it is a little easier but sitting through an hour or more of this kind of reporting is a waste of time. Lessons will be learned, it will change when content creators realize they need moderators in their live chats and a producer in their ear letting them know when the purpose of their broadcast is running off the rails.
The TYF in Media
The big three Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, have admitted publicly their goals and methods going forward to make their platforms safe and user-friendly. Agree or disagree with the end goal on their parts, the end result is a form of censorship aimed at those who excercise and defend their right to speak their minds in the public forum.
The problem with this is TYF platforms and their parent companies are not the public square of old. They are heavily moderated and content selective. Some have floated the idea of legislating the Internet in the United States as a public utility, That idea seems at first glance, to be a good solution. However, think about the so-called public utilities you already use; water, electricity and gas. Are they truly public? Or are their services and products regulated and managed by local and regional government in the case of water and companies in the case of electric and gas?
The argument these utilities have to be managed by someone and a wage for work is a valid arguement. If one is honest, it just does not seem like we are getting the value for our dollar, we expect. What might be the effect if the Internet becomes a public utility? Will we have lower bills, higher censorship of divergent opinions? Caution and cool heads are necessary; probably not initiated in Washington as those on Capitol Hill seems to have their hands full already.
As usual, more questions than answers. Halieus Media would like you to think seriously about the issues of uncensored broadcasting, government regulation and the right to express one’s thoughts and ideas, freely. Your comments, questions and concerns can be expressed in the comment box below.
Before you do, give the Hagmann Report a read; New Media Bodybags Are Piling Up; Hagmann Report Asks “Why?”
Update: The Gateway Pundit points out another problem in the #TYF “STUNNING: Facebook Was Losing 50,000,000 User Hours Every Day — Then Decided to Crackdown on Conservative Content” by Jim Holt.