I love this Tech Dirt article, Which Went More Viral Challenge: Local News Stories Or TikTok School Violence 'Challenge'? . The question puts mayonnaise news media on the spot about so much coverage over something that wasn't actually happening.
Worse, it makes the mainstream media look complicit.
I'm surprised by none of it of course. I'll just fall back on my mantra that this happens because the more social media is discredited, the more value old school media retains. Important because the value and authority of mainstream media are deflating at an unbelievable rate.
The collective strategy of giving so much coverage to every threat circulated on TikTok or whatever, in my view, is to highlight the dangers of low barrier publishing and to accent its unreliability. That it also provides cheap content for them is just a side benefit.
You may have noticed you pay attention less to overworked local media folks pumped into uniform productions by their corporate overlords. The mainstream media knows that you are and that's why it's important for "bad" social media examples, and the WWW by native extension, to find their way to the daily news cycle.
It's okay you can admit it, mainstream news houses are no longer an authority.
By Dave for Personal Blog.