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News sharing is a thing.
It happens every day.
Humans love sharing and exchanging knowledge. Individuals, groups and society are shaped by flows of knowledge. Social media accounts for a large percentage of traffic to news websites. It is becoming increasingly relevant and important for activists and people with a message.
But, who decides what gets shared?
How is it that some causes and stories gain momentum, while others don’t? Social media has a potential high dispersion rate for a fairly low cost, so is cost still an issue? Is it the topic itself, or are there other factors? Are there political or corporate motives that push some stories or causes to the back-burner? Even in this social fluid produsing time, do big corporate conglomerations still control the media? Do people not share stories they think will cause debate? Is debate unwanted, something to be avoided. As many people commented earlier, the loudest and probably ignorant voices are the ones who get heard, so are intelligent people not sharing their concerns for fear of dim-witted retort? Or does it come back to the journalist, if there are no activists pushing their own cause, #GlobalProtest, and the stories just aren’t there to get shared, how will people know about causes? How do journalists decide what to write about? Why is it that the traditional media overlooks systemic concerns in favour of sensational, dramatic events, economic issues and human interest? Take for example, the environment. Communication is no doubt the key to public understanding of environmental problems. Yet, the environment is not breaking news. It is not getting the coverage it needs. If these stories aren’t being written, or even if they are, they aren’t getting shared. There is no mainstream push to share knowledge of environmental problems. And this, this is astounding, humans are not above the environment. We are part of it, and we need it to survive. Do corporate interests have something to do with this? Or are humans living in denial? Or is it something else all together?
So why, why don’t some extremely news worthy issues, get shared?