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Bill Moore
06-01-2015, 05:02 PM

The Journalism of Terror: How Do We Bear Witness When Everybody is a Witness?

I’m not alone in feeling a sharp reminder of a new reality, in which reporters have been dislodged as the ultimate arbiters of our collective understanding of the world. “Thanks to the ubiquity of social media,” wrote Andy Carvin, “It matters less what mainstream media chooses to do, as everyone online now has the capacity to view footage selectively, by their own accord.”

Clearly, that doesn’t absolve journalists, and it certainly doesn’t make them irrelevant. We have a critical, if poorly understood, place in the spread of information and images on the social web. The value of journalism, as a means of separating news from noise, has never been more vital.

Emphasis is mine.

After looking at hundreds of twitter and blog posts concerning Ukraine, ISIL, the Mexican Cartels, Police violence, etc. it is increasingly evident that we're all drowning in the noise, and objective reasoning based on facts is harder to come by. The democratization of information overall is a good thing, it means people can challenge unjust governance, and it means there are alternative sources for important stories that mass media news shows decide not to report on for political or business reasons. However, there is a downside, in fact I think it presents a great risk, especially to liberal democracies where disinformation can be used intentionally or unintentionally to provoke violence (hands up, don't shoot) based upon misperception.

“We face danger,” he writes, “whenever information growth outpaces our understanding of how to process it.”

Today, the value of journalism is in the management of an overabundance of information. Reporters no longer own the story. Their job is to help filter a flood of competing narratives and to connect the most authentic voices to the widest possible audience.

06-21-2015, 07:34 AM
A rather unusual account by a BBC reporter, embedded with the Metropolitan Police for a documentary, who attends an incident where a teenager has been stabbed and dies as help is given:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11683710/I-filmed-a-murder-victims-last-moments.html

The terrible sound of his last breaths bubbling out through his stab wounds as police officers tried to save his life is something I will never be able to forget. He was just 17.

I think it fits here, although not in 100% accordance with Bill's opening post.

02-25-2016, 12:17 PM
A "long read" by Jason Burke, who has written several books on terrorism, the full title and sub-title being:
How the changing media is changing terrorism; Just like news organisations, terrorists need an audience – and both have adapted their tactics to keep your attentionLink:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/25/how-changing-media-changing-terrorism

These two passages explain much of his article:
The new wave of violent propaganda has prompted much debate about the role of Isis videos in attracting militants, as well as the degree to which the media itself is responsible for providing terrorism with the “oxygen of publicity”.

But certain crucial elements have received less attention. One is the way in which new technology has shaped both the media itself and terrorist organisations in ways which are strikingly similar. A second is the role we may be playing – albeit unthinkingly and against our better intentions – in the evolution of the media strategies of the very groups we so abhor. Neither of these possibilities is particularly comfortable to contemplate.

His latest book:https://bookshop.theguardian.com/catalog/product/view/id/320779/s/the-new-threat/?

06-15-2016, 03:29 PM
Oh dear, this was bound to happen and my bold emphasis:
In June 14, two people were murdered in Magnanville, near Paris, ... Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, a police captain, and his partner, Jessica Schneider, a police administrator, were murdered at their home by Larossi Abballa, who...was free and able to continue down the path of violence. Abballa, a French citizen, live-streamed his murder confession on Facebook Live from the scene of the crime. As online messenger applications advance, the occurrence of murders broadcast in real time will likely become an issue of great concern.Link:http://soufangroup.com/tsg-intelbrief-answering-the-islamic-states-call-to-terror/

It is clear that a calm, rational Muslim — that much is clear from the 13 minute Facebook live-stream he posted from the scene of the crime before he was gunned down by police, and his prior terrorist activity — killing in honour of Ramadan is off message. It is damaging to the narrative that Islam is a peaceful and welcome addition to Western culture.