The Internet is a Trash Hole and We Can Make it Better.
Grace Baldwin

It’s tough and it’s unfortunately been that way since the early 2000s, around the time newspapers started losing ground to online news and blogs.

The fundamentals I learned at the UNC J-School suddenly became not necessary (EX: Typos in an essay would result in an automatic failure). Any schmuck with access to a computer could now reach a significant number of people and influence their thinking without having to go through an editor and any semblance of polish.

I suppose the current crisis (clickbait and #FakeNews) was the inevitable result of a system that rewards (in ad revenue) getting the most eyeballs over fair reporting.

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