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Availability of Public Media

I think that having public media available is essential to keeping the community informed. Public information is available to everyone. Radio, television, internet, print, these sources are accessible to every single citizen who wants to utilize them. Imagine if we didn’t have these public sources. How would be get our news and information? We wouldn’t know what was going on in the world, and we probably wouldn’t be as involved in politics or any sort of global cause. We wouldn’t be able to stay as connected with our families or friends, or learn like we do today. Taking public media away would leave us struggling to find community information as well.

While public media is a great resource to the community, I think with the social network revolution we are going through, it can also be used incorrectly. Just because something is made public, does not mean that the information is correct. We see this a lot on Twitter with people posting rumors, or not having all of the correct information from a story. With so many new sources of public media popping up, I think we do need to be careful about what we see as true and what we don’t. It’s important that we know how to weed out what is real and what is false.

  1. November 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    But “public media” refers to only those media sources that are funded by public (tax) dollars. Such as NPR or PBS. Your blog post seems to discuss media that is used by the public, but that isn’t what is meant by the public media term.

    So, even if public media is not available, a community would have access to local TV (like KOMU), local websites, etc. Given this, is public media important? How does it contribute to an informed community? Or does it? You don’t really address these issues in your post.

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