How to Know What's True in the Age of Information OverloadBook - 2010
Two journalists provide a guide for navigating through the Internet Age's viral and opinion-based news sources, explaining how to discern what sources or facts are reliable and how to think like a journalist and unearth the truth.
Amid the hand-wringing over the death of "true journalism" in the Internet Age—the din of bloggers, the echo chamber of Twitter, the predominance of Wikipedia—veteran journalists and media critics Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel have written a pragmatic, serious-minded guide to navigating the twenty-first century media terrain. Yes, old authorities are being dismantled, new ones created, and the very nature of knowledge has changed. But seeking the truth remains the purpose of journalism—and the object for those who consume it. How do we discern what is reliable? How do we determine which facts (or whose opinions) to trust? Blur provides a road map, or more specifically, reveals the craft that has been used in newsrooms by the very best journalists for getting at the truth. In an age when the line between citizen and journalist is becoming increasingly unclear, Blur is a crucial guide for those who want to know what's true.
Ways of Skeptical Knowing—Six Essential Tools for Interpreting theNews
- 1. What kind of content am I encountering?
- 2. Is the information complete? If not, what's missing?
- 3. Who or what are the sources and why should I believe them?
- 4. What evidence is presented and how was it tested or vetted?
- 5. What might bean alternative explanation or understanding?
- 6. Am I learning what I need?
Amid the hand-wringing over the death of "true journalism" in the Internet Ageùthe din of talk show pundits and bloggers, the echo chamber of Twitter, the endless chain of links and aggregatorsùtwo of the nation's most celebrated media critics and respected journalists, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, have written a pragmatic, serious-minded guide to navigating the twenty-first-century media terrain.
Yes, old authorities are being dismantled and new ones created, and the way we obtain knowledge has changed. But seeking true and reliable information remains the most important purpose of journalismùand the object for those who consume it. How do we discern what is reliable? How do we determine what facts (or whose opinions) to trust?
Like the authors' classic book The Elements of Journalism, Blur is a unique and readable discourse on how the information culture is changing. Just as important, it provides a road map for all citizens to navigate that culture by revealing the tradecraft great journalists have used to sift rumor from fact and access the truth. In an age when the line between citizen and journalist is becoming increasingly blurred, Blur is an indispensable guide.