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Blog 4: Public Media in Communities

Public media is indeed necessary for a community to be properly informed.  Although there are some public media outlets that are deemed “unreliable” there are also a lot of reliable sources as well.  Without these reliable sources how would people get the information about the communities that they live in?  There are different types of public media available to suit anyone preferences, these include TV, radio, newspaper & online websites.  Over the past few years social media sites such as facebook and twitter have also become great places for people to get public information about their communities.  These sites can sometimes have misleading or wrong information but they can also inform people about things that they wouldn’t get from the newspaper or TV news.  I found an excerpt from the book Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age  and I think that it shows how and why having an informed community is important.  Without an informed community we would be lost and we need these public media sources to stay informed.

  1. November 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Just to be clear, “public media” refers to the media that is supported by public (tax) dollars. Examples are NPR and PBS. So, what are the importance of these sources? Or are they important at all?

    You seem to be discussing all media sources, not just public sources. Private sources, like those that broadcast shows like Lost, are a different story than public sources.

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