Feb 19, 2018

‘News’ is Twitter’s job now, especially in Australia

Twitter is becoming the channel of choice for political news, comment, opinion, not least because Facebook is vacating the field.

Christopher Warren

Journalist and media watcher

You know that old philosophical conundrum about trees and forests? Now it’s “if a scandal breaks on social media, but mainstream media don’t repeat it, did it actually happen?”

Most of the various allegations about Barnaby Joyce were on Twitter way back in October courtesy of @truecrimeweekly (with a bit of help from @tonyhwindsor), to say nothing of being all over analogue social media — pub gossip, as we used to call it — in both Canberra and Armidale.

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2 thoughts on “‘News’ is Twitter’s job now, especially in Australia

  1. klewso

    MSM created the vacuum when they vacated the field to pursue news as entertainment and to subvert it opinion.
    They’ve kept us from the truth about how the politicians, for whom we vote and pay to represent us, act when they’re away from adult supervision – while dictating how we should act? And for what? To keep on their good side?
    They whine and complain about the threat of government censorship but practice themselves – judging “public interest” on anything but.
    Too much of our media is made up of self-obsessed, self-gratifying supercilious lap-dogs – to politicians and media moguls – to whom “journalism” is an afterthought – trading on the name of those gone before.

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