Convergence of the media is a great thing. Until it’s not.
Inflation is often used to describe the cost of goods and decreased value of the dollar. However in this sense, I am talking about the inflation of information by mass media. Social media has allowed users to become active participants in the distribution of information. This may sound good to some people because that means we are getting many different opinions instead of just one, right? WRONG.
Convergence is the idea of merging information outlets and sources. The media has experience convergence more and more over the years as mass media enables anyone to produce content of any sort.
There comes a point where there is too much convergence between the audience and distributors. Because anyone can produce information, ultimately information has experienced inflation. The value of information decreases as more is produced. It’s hard to distinguish what to believe anymore. Credibility has become harder to spot for readers, so they end up believing everything.
Fake news is everywhere.
As readers, we need to be aware of the information crisis and do our best to not enable this vicious cycle.