Within the current media landscape a clear shift between monologic media structures (one to many – a ‘hub’ sharing information directly to an audience) to dialogic media structures (many to many – interconnected channels of communication, sharing information with one another) is evident. The internet has been the dominant force behind this movement and in most circumstances, people see the trajectory of this convergence as purely beneficial.
However, not everyone agrees with this. In recent times, President Donald Trump has labelled a variety of seemingly reputable news sources as ‘Fake News‘, and in some instances directed these labels towards individuals – namely Jim Acosta of CNN. In Trump’s eyes, despite having stated he “…can handle a bad story better than anybody, as long as it’s true”; anything that is presented from a media perspective – be that a large media outlet or an individual on the internet, that doesn’t suit his agenda, is simply untrue.
This raises the question, ‘has movement away from the monologic one to many media structure led to an influx of one too many opinions?’. Donald Trump seems to think so.