Summary: The latest Gallup poll about the public’s trust in the media has bad news about this key industry — and for America, which relies on this to make the Republic run. It’s another industry ripe for disruption. We can only guess if for the better or worse.
Watch an industry die: the long decline of American’s trust in news media.
Here is Gallup’s dirge for the news media: “Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low“. Journalists write as if they are selling information and insights. But they are selling trust, and a only a shrinking minority of the public trusts their product.
The foundation of their industry erodes away a little more every year. Combine this with the massive excess in news services and journalists and the crushing of the middle class (subscriptions are among the first expenses to cut) — the result is (to use the current jargon) “disruption”. It will not be pretty.
Excuse: it’s just conservatives losing confidence in the media’s truth-telling!
Unfortunately everybody is losing confidence in the news media. The decline in trust among Democrats and Republicans from their peaks was roughly similar until last year. Journalists’ treatment of campaign 2016 has hit Republicans hard (while liberals ask “Why Are The Media Objectively Pro-Trump?“).
The bad news for journalists…
The drop in confidence has been large among the over-50s, but catastrophic among the 18-49. It points to a dark future for the news biz until it restructures into a few form. See
See the posts listed below for more about the crisis of journalism. What comes next? The easy forecast is a smaller industry, with more automation and fewer insights, relying more on plutocrats’ vanity and charity. We’ll have less information easily accessible for a general audience, getting more from entertaining but politicized and sensationalized sources.
Perhaps that’s inevitable. Citizens need news to make decisions about the Republic. Subjects need only entertainment. So perhaps whatever happens is for the best. Or not, for night is always coming.
For More Information
- A new news media emerges for our new world, unseen and unexpected.
- Must the old media die for the new media to flourish?
- Clay Shirky is brilliant and American – hence often delusionally flattering — about the fate of journalism.
- Journalists suffer from the crisis crisis, warping America’s vision.
- Zero Hedge is a model publisher for 21st C America. Be afraid.
- The long slow crash of journalism. How will it affect us?
To learn more about the dying news media, and what comes next
Both of these are well worth reading. Here is the forward from Amusing Ourselves to Death.