More media, less news?
The New York Times reported yesterday on a study of the coverage of six major stories during one week in July 2009. According to the Times, the study found that 83 percent of the news reports conveyed “no new information” and that of the stories that did contain some new information, 95 percent came from “old media” (emphasis mine). I would put this into the “depressing but not surprising” category. The Times article concludes: “the study offered support for the argument often made by the traditional media that, so far, most of what the digital news outlets offer is repetition and commentary, not new information.” We have heard these arguments a lot; it is interesting — and useful — to see empirical evidence of the phenomenon. I think it’s a real problem. As a lawyer and legal academic it frustrates me that there does not appear to be a legal solution to this problem. I wonder if there is any solution at all?