Trajectories of Convergence!

The real question is how do we articulate the difference between ‘fake’ and ‘real’ news within todays technologically advancing society. The shift from analogue to digital and changes in technologies has altered and transformed us individuals from passive consumers to active makers, users and participants within society. This can be identified through the one to many relationship, which articulates one broadcaster to many individuals having minimal control. The technologically advancing society in which we live has lead to the change in models predominately focusing on the many to many relationship. It expresses several broadcasters to numerous individuals, having optimal control as a passive listener. View a visual representation of the models here.

Leading to the emmwhXdnk - Imgur.pngergence of individuals broadcasting their own messages as their voices are seen equal to the news online. For example this can be identified through the apparent use of drones. Individuals are using technological devices such as drones to connect individuals to real life issues and to minimise ‘fake’ news with live coverage. People are capturing and reporting a news event and streaming live footage, for people around the world, capturing events such as war. For example the footage captured from the IS attack in Syria was reported and placed on numerous dialogic media platforms. However through this form of news, their is no perceived storyline as it is straight from the source pushing us to articulate our own interpretation and perception of new stories.  Axel Bruns states; ” A shift from dedicated individuals (Journalists) and teams as producers to a broader -based distributed generation of content by a wide community of participants.”

The use of drones to capture real world events can be compared to the monologic news of  ‘White Helmets’.The White Helmets was a staged news event helping a man in a bomb accident, however this was captured by the public eye and leaked on a global scale, causing them to be held accountable for the non- credibility of their source.


Is there an answer to stop fake news?  Has the use of drones minimised the rise of ‘fake news’ as a result of credibility coming straight from the source? This has seen the start of a new outlook for our technologically advancing generation.







2 thoughts on “Trajectories of Convergence!

  1. Great post! I personally don’t know the answer on how we can stop fake news apart from telling people to make the decision for themselves! At the end of the day two people can interpret the same things so differently, so it really is up to an individual to determine the credibility of a source and the news it is presenting. I think drones footage and citizen journalism still very much plays a wide role in the media though, as sometimes how would the public see some events, or how would the events come to the surface so quickly. This is something that outs in perspective how hard it is to pick the real/fake news headlines—->


  2. Stopping fake news is impossible nowadays! It’s so difficult to decide whether a post is fake or typed up by someone with a Facebook account, in comparison to someone with a degree on their belt and a respect for the art of journalism. Drones have allowed us to see so many more accidents and war stricken areas without having to endanger troops or workers, but on the other hand, drones are so easy to buy and footage uploaded to youtube can easily be staged, it’s difficult! This post on The Conversation about fake news is really insightful – Great post!

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