The Internet has brought news coverage 24 hours a day to our homes along with twenty-four-hour coverage of less important and more enticing rates in this age of information. These days, the line between news and gossip is becoming increasingly blurred, particularly by the media. What constitutes the news and what is gossip? The definitions really do not make it clear, after all, what “news” for one person may seem like a simple gossip to the next. Take a look at these definitions to decide for yourself:
News: New information about specific and timely events relevant to the general public, or a program dedicated to transmitting such news to the public.
Gossips: informal or idle conversations about others, usually without foundation and negative in nature. In today’s world, gossip is often transmitted through the media to the general public.
There is a lot of news that is “negative in nature”, but that does not automatically make them gossip. Of course, the news has to be duly justified. But the media these days make it increasingly difficult to differentiate between what is news and what is gossip. In fact, the media itself is an entity that seems not to respond to anyone and can report news or gossip if it considers it appropriate:
Means: Forms of mass communication that transport or store information. In this case, forms of mass communication, such as television, newspapers and the Internet, transmit news or information to the public.
When someone who works for a media outlet says: “I am with the press”, you do not know if you are a reporter from an important media outlet such as NBC or if you are reporting a gossip rag like the one you usually find in the cash register. your local grocery store.
If you search by the name of a certain star/pop celebrity these days, literally millions of results will appear. Some of them will be links to respectable high quality news sites with what most people would consider newsworthy updates. Quite a few of them will be links to sites that are pure gossip. It is not newsworthy, but it is certainly entertaining for many people.
In the case of a celebrity, it is not necessarily essential that you know if you are getting information from a reliable news source or from a gossip site that has not reviewed your sources or confirmed if your data is correct. But what happens when you’re reading about a political candidate, someone in a public office or a Fortune 500 executive? Are you forming a judgment about the individual based on verified facts or vengeful gossip that are making the Internet rounds that began with a conversation heard in a bar or club?
When you are reading a media story on the Internet, make sure you are always aware of the source of the story. Observe not only the owner of the story but also the name of the website itself. Is it a trusted news provider that you trust? If you read the story in a blog, is the blogger using unappropriated quotes, or does he name the people he refers to so that the facts can be verified? Does the news you are reading have reliable references from well-known reporters?
With the Internet making it easy for websites to blur the line between news and gossip or entertainment, consumers have more personal responsibility than ever before to make sure they know and understand the source of their news and entertainment.