In keeping a journal of my daily media interactions, I started to wonder. What constitutes media?
In class last week we each defined journalism and media, and came to the general conclusion that “journalism” constitutes the content, and “media” is the platform through which it is shared. Theoretically this suffices, but in application, it becomes less clear. What counts as media today, and who decides?
On October 7, I interacted with multiple media sources, primarily online. I visited Yahoo news, Al Jazeera English, Huffington Post, Facebook, and D-Listed. I wrote blog posts and newsletters at work about medical advances and awards, and then I wrote a Facebook post about my thoughts on a proper name for a pork chop food cart. It cannot be debated that each of these sources counts as media, but I can’t help but notice a substantial, personal perceived difference among each source’s level of importance and credibility. In grouping all of these things together, it feels like I’m comparing Walter Cronkite to Perez Hilton.
My own social reality leads me to place more legitimacy on news media than entertainment media, and I have difficulty viewing the two as equal outlets. However, looking at my media journal, I seem to utilize both forms equally and for specific purposes. I chose the platforms for each of my messages carefully. Does the content truly matter in making media today, or does credibility now depend on the way each consumer interprets it?