Declining Ethics in Media Reporting

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As we approach the issue of ethics in media reporting evidenced by distorted information and unreliability of the information they present, this issue can create several questions in our minds of where the media is taking us as a society in general. The major question that remains strongly in our minds is, do we still trust the media reporting?

My attention in this post is focused on emphasizing the need for reliability of the information presented to us, majorly informed of statistics by the media. This is because lately the public trust has been abused by unethical and unreliable media reporting. With this focus it is considered that statistics are meant to provide stable reference points to provide an objective judgment but this has not been the case lately, rather they provide misleading false information.

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Last Night in Sweden

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Social media has revolutionized over the past years, and the rate at which it influences humanity is boundless (Karakas, 2009). Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms have been influential in creating a global village. With data a core aspect of social networking in an age of uncertainty, everyone can access and express their opinions on any platform and can instantly connect with thousands if not millions of people. The comfort zone, we all seek to have in our daily lives is spoon fed to us so that we get blinded by the negativity associated with the internet (Matthews, 2010).

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Social Media and Big Data from a Public Sphere Perspective

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The combination of big data and social media, may both empower development in many ways as well as harm human rights and privacy. Nevertheless, those two diametrically opposed practices will be further analyzed in following posts. In this post, it is briefly discussed how both those perspectives fit into the theory of the Public Sphere.

According to the classic theory of public sphere introduced in 1962 by the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas (1989), public sphere is the discursive space that floats between the private sphere and public authority. Living in the age of internet, many theorists offered diverse perspectives on how the Internet may include public spheres or how it can constitute a public sphere on its own (Dahlgren, 2005; Bohman, 2004). Indeed, it is a huge advantage what modern communication channels offer to us.

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