Technology has opened up a myriad of new avenues for news production and consumption, but there are dangers with the raw amount of sometimes unverifiable information available on the web. Jade Peters, a recent Swinburne University graduate and budding business entrepreneur and journalist, has discovered first hand how the internet and other technologies have affected her own news consumption.
“There are so many avenues by which you can disseminate your news from, and it can become dangerous when your searching for news and opinions that reflect your own, for example I found myself reading stories and using website that mirror my own right wing political bias, and I found that all I was doing was solidifying my own opinion, and not exposing myself to others.”
With large, sweeping sectors of the web being unregulated, it can become difficult to validate and sift through stories that are inherently biased or otherwise. However, with the availability of so many new voices, new platforms and access to news stories and sites across the globe, there is huge potential for a more educated and multilayered perception of news and current events reaching the average person, especially here in Australia, where ownership of news institutions has tended toward oligopoly.