Truth has greatly decreased in value in today’s media environment, and emotion is now a far more powerful storytelling tool than hard facts.
This was the conclusion Guardian editor, Katharine Viner, came to in her recent treatise on the subject, which placed blame firmly on social media.
There are plenty of examples of this. Last year’s #piggate ‘scandal’ was reported around the globe despite no evidence. And even though ‘facts’ used by Brexiteers during the referendum campaign were disproved, it did not stop them from being utilised and reported.
But what role has technology played in this ‘downfall’ of reliable journalism?