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What was the American's public perception of the mainstream news media in the 1970s? How does that compare to now?
The public perception of mainstream news was that it was always right, always the truth, idolized anchors like Walter Cronkite.
Compared to now, people are unsure of who to believe, and no longer idolize news anchors; too many ways of getting information, have to find the truth for yourself.
What were the characteristics of the news industry in the 1970s? How does that compare to what you see now?
1970's: cautious, checked for facts, accurate, honest, trustworthy, informational.
Today: untrustworthy, prefer immediacy vs. accuracy, affirmation-al, opinionated vs. just telling the story.
What is a gatekeeper?
Anchorman that were thought of as filters for the news; "gatekeepers" of public knowledge that could verify knowledge before it was printed or broadcasted.
What do the authors mean by "red" media & "blue" media? "Red" truth & "blue" truth?
Speculating new information, in this new information age reality is simply a matter of belief, not anything objective or verified. Rather than trying to find out what was going on, they already decided what is what → different definitions of what is truth
How has the Internet impacted mainstream news? Why?
Has created a significant loss of revenue; it has decoupled advertising from the news → people are connecting on sites such as Craigslist, don't need the news anymore
What is the new way of knowing? How does this change the idea of citizenship?
No longer a lecture by professional authorities, but a dialogue, with all the strengths and weaknesses that implies; a partnership between all of us as consumers of news and information and the former gatekeepers we once relied on to verify and vet information for us. We as citizens are responsible to discover this truth in order to discern our own beliefs and actions.
What is active skepticism?
Evaluating information from the press and other sources so that we can become participants in the new age of information rather than victims.
Being part of an informed public
What are the six steps in the "way of skeptical knowing"?
Identifying the kind of content one is encountering.
Identifying whether a news account is complete.
Assessing the sources.
Assessing the evidence.
How the piece and public interact with the evidence.
Evaluating the news by exploring whether we are getting what we need from the news.
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