The Hill released an article reflecting a perspective I had taken seven days prior, in our article on “fake news” and internet censorship. I concluded the article stating that “Both sides are guilty of bias, both push false and misleading narratives, but only one side is calling for internet censorship, only one side has unveiled an incredibly deceitful and destructive agenda.” Of course, I’m referring to the agenda of controlled media to discredit the alternative media as “fake news”.
The war between alternative and controlled media is very real but it’s already over, quite frankly. The alternative media and the movement, in general, have already captured the attention of the people. The left and its calls for censorship will not be tolerated for too long, although it may cause short-term issues. Authoritarianism always struggles to survive in the long run, though, even if successful in the short term.
The censoring of alternative media isn’t well-received by the youth, who distrusts the mainstream media and this will catch up to them.
Trust in the media ( mainstream media ) has dropped to an all-time low.
The Youths Distrust of Mainstream Media
“Older Americans are more likely than younger Americans to say they trust the media, but trust has declined among both age groups this year. Currently, 26% of those aged 18 to 49 (down from 36% last year) and 38% of those aged 50 and older (down from 45%) say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.” – Gallup
There is no reason to believe this trend won’t continue, especially with the popularity of alternative media skyrocketing in contrast to controlled media, which is only experiencing temporary surges.
The democratization of information has lead to the democratization of truth, therein lying the mainstream media’s inevitable demise.
Controlled media has already lost the youth, which created the necessity for alternative media and that necessity will drive the future of media focus and that’s why alternative media is more likely, in the long-run, to overtake the controlled media. However, efforts are being made to curve this phenomenon. For example, CNN recently purchased the social media app Beme, to cultivate the millennial audience. I am predicting that these type of efforts will ultimately fail and will not curve this trend because it does not provide a solution to the problem that created this trend, to begin with.
At some point, controlled media and all media, for that matter, will have to submit to a more informed age of individuals, who will be more capable of deciphering fact from fiction for themselves.
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