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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: 2, Insightful) by gallondr00nk on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:22PM

    by gallondr00nk (392) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:22PM (#1720)

    I would point out there's a distinction between media news and journalism. The latter attempts to expose the truth, however uncomfortable it may be. Media news is essentially a form of entertainment wrapped in a veil of what may be factual information.

    Look at big media, especially on the bilious soapbox end of the scale. The likes of Fox News are essentially mean world syndrome [] wrapped up for living room consumption.

    This'll sound like a dull truism, but the truth for a lot of big media seems incidental, what actually matters is maintaining network share. In my opinion, Glenn Greenwald's new venture makes little impact on their business model.

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