Trust in the media is in decline. News used to be handled by journalists. Trench coat, pencil and notepad, always close to a payphone to relay the latest news back to the editorial room just in time for tomorrow’s headlines. We relied on them for truth, relevance and objectivity. Then the internet got big and everything changed. We now enjoy, at our fingertips, many sources of many truths, endless feeds of little relevance, and with the fading boundary between information and opinion, more than ever we have to ask ourselves “Who is the source of this information, really?”, “Do they have an agenda?”, “What is the relevant context?”, and “Is this even true at all?”
Prevailing sentiment is for organisations to answer these questions for us, by filtering ‘fake news’, naming sources, presenting opposing views, et cetera. Yet ultimately these approaches do not satisfy, as they rely, again, on trust in the media, to carry out these tasks judiciously.
MediaGraphs strives to address this situation by creating an ecosystem in which we can explore and visualize online and offline media, and answer these questions for ourselves, side-stepping the trust issue altogether.