I had concerns about identifying any site talking about citizen journalism as a “worst” site, because I have so much to learn from everyone. But I Googled “mainstream media,” which took some months for dense
me to realize was code for “liberal-leaning East Coast-centric media that doesn’t agree with my political stance on their editorial pages.”
And I found one. So on to it:
Today’s Worst: Sad Bastards, also titled, “The end of elite media empires and rise of citizen journalism: News you don’t see in the mainstream media. We have their playbooks. They can’t stop us.”
The site has an obvious right-wing political agenda, and some posters there seem to have a reckless disregard for spelling. All of that is fine, and certainly, no one can stop them from posting. That’s the beauty of the Internet. Still, please do not call it journalism. Good journalism at least tries to aim for objectivity, and smart journalists know that there are always more than two sides to any story, and they recognize they have their own personal “filters” for judging and writing news. The best ones work for objectivity and balance with that understanding.
Today’s best: Global Voices Online,a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. This site is one of my primary five sites listed in my research proposal. I had not explored it extensively previously, but had a hunch that it would be inspiring because of its association with Harvard. The site has a manifesto, but not one that takes a particular political stance beyond supporting free speech. It says in part: “We pledge to respect, assist, teach, learn from, and listen to one other.”
I urge you to visit. Not all of the links are apolitical, but they will broaden your world.