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posted by Dopefish on Tuesday February 18 2014, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the freedom-is-not-free dept.

combatserver writes:

"While The Guardian and The New York Times reported on the NSA targeting of data leaked by popular mobile apps, independent sources produced highly-detailed articles--accompanied by source material--that paint a much broader picture of NSA capabilities and intent. Recent restrictions imposed on journalists--a result of corporate influence, editorial decisions, and threats against journalists--combined with the ease of establishing a website, might be driving a new era in journalism.

The Intercept recently announced a shift towards independent reporting with the creation of their own news outlet, free of the constraints imposed on journalists by 'Big Media' and governments. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have joined forces to provide the world with an alternative, perhaps blazing a path towards a fundamental change in how news is reported and distributed. SoylentNews can play a significant role in this shift towards journalistic freedom--we share many common core-ideals, and can give voice to independent news sources.

The Big Question: How will 'Big Media' and governments react to this shift in journalism?"

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  • (Score: 1) by spiritfiend on Tuesday February 18 2014, @04:25PM

    by spiritfiend (964) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @04:25PM (#1681)

    The Big Answer to the Big Question is simple: suppression and oppression.

    Governments and businesses will act in their own self-interest as they always have.

    The interesting question is what form will said oppression and supression [sic] take.

    The reality is more nuanced than this. Consolidation of power has protected the ruling elite from the negative consequences of their actions. Businesses certainly appear to act in their own self-interest, but this doesn't protect them from getting run into the group by officers pursuing their own private agendas.

    As far as governments are concerned, I recall the US Government being shut down by a minority party in recent memory.