Jordan Murray, Alec Parkinson, and Josh Olsen
The internet is full of sensationalism, dubious information, and inflammatory dialog. Because of the internet’s very nature, we are constantly exposed to these things in a way we never have been before. It is tempting to blame the medium for these problems - but none of these things are new. Although the internet is unlike past forms of communication in the speed with which new ideas can be created, disseminated, and fought over, it simply represents an amplification of issues which humankind has been dealing with for hundreds of years.
Many people complain that gossip has taken over the news, and that there is no longer any room for substantial news articles. However, gossip has pervaded the news since 1500 BC. Jordan talks about the history of gossip news and how society's fascination with sensational gossip is nothing new. Jordan argues that the best way to work through this gossip is by doing intentional news searches, instead of just browsing through Facebook.
Much attention has been given lately to the plague of internet bullying and trolling, and the damage it can cause. However, trolls have been ruffling feathers and causing problems since before the invention of the printing press. Given their long and storied past, we can gain significant perspective on modern trolls from examining examples from the past. Modern trolls may have a new medium to work from, but ultimately their motivations (and the problems they can cause) are the same.
As cadaver dissection took decades upon decades to overturn antiquated Western medicine through the same mass media veins that perpetuated it, so can the historical precedent of the internet be dissected so that the skill of analytical dissection becomes clearer for you, a critical thinker using the World Wide Web.