Heritage Minister Melanie Joly recently announced a new policy for Canada’s cultural and creative industries competing in a digital world, but it offers little help for organizations that produce serious journalism. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Although we now live in a vast internet landscape with immense amounts of content, the diversity and quality of the news media we consume continues to be a concern. Large sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google should not be trusted to solve these problems.
Internet news platforms have contributed to the closure of traditional news outlets that are the source of much of the quality news consumed online. The internet has facilitated the rise to dominance of a few global mega-platforms. Some of these platforms encourage click bait — stories with enticing headlines and no substance. They create filter bubbles that discourage access to multiple perspectives.