For those who know don’t know the story of Chicken Little, it is about a chicken that first ruins his reputation, by ringing the town emergency bell, and everyone believes it to be a big emergency. Later on a whole fleet of aliens invade the town vaporizing everything in sight, which is actually a misunderstanding, as two of the aliens are just looking for their lost child. Chicken tries to explain this, but no one believes him as his reputation is tarnished.
This story matches up exactly with what the effects of online journalism are having on traditional media. Online journalism is all about the speed, and getting the information out as fast as you can. This has become a problem as many of the sources aren’t fully checked and the information many times turns out to be false.
Another problem is the spread of false information. After Chicken rings the bell, the whole town goes into a constant panic. This is something that so easily happens with on-line journalism as one false post, can be spread so fast. Lies spread much faster than the truth and news organizations play a major role in this. On-line news organizations spend much more time spreading information than they do verifying information.
A major change that on-line journalism has seemed to bring has been less critical thinking. Wanting to get the information out so fast they no longer look from an objective point of view. Just like in Chicken Little the town people automatically believed that the aliens were there to invade them, not thinking from a different point of view, is there any other reason they could possibly be visiting their town.
With on-line journalism not seeming to go away, the problem now is what to do about it. It is great to have information in such a quick fashion, but what if that information is false. With online journalism coming out with information so fast, traditional media is sometimes forced to release what turns out to be false information, to keep their viewers.