With the progress of science and technology, the media sector has witnessed great revolution. Many new types of media popped out, such as TV and internet, which arouses some concerns. Many people claim that the media in modern society attach less importance to the accuracy of news than before. As for me, I am in support of this opinion and I am going to elaborate my perspective in the following paragraphs.
Firstly, the growing popularity of internet enables the existence of personal media. Personal media, refers to those platforms which use social media network such as WeChat and Weibo to share worldwide news, stories or other information. However, due to the lack of supervision, the accuracy of what they post cannot be guaranteed. For instance, some articles about health maintenance written by personal media often involve inaccurate or even fake information which might even be detrimental to people’s health and cause unnecessary problems. However, these kinds of articles are frequently forwarded to We Chat friend circle or group chat, and the elderly people are always easily convinced by the information in those articles and even persuade their children to do exactly as what the article says.
Secondly, compared to the past, the diversity of media communication leads to a more intense competition. Newspaper, radio and television, as well as internet share today’s cake of news coverage, and each one of them is striving for a bigger part of the cake. In order to increase the number of subscribers, audience rating, and click rate, they may report some false news to attract people’s attention on purpose or report some hearsay without checking the authenticity. Therefore, the accuracy of news they cover is in doubt.
I am not saying that all news reported before were accurate. However, as a major media in the past, before the newspapers were printed, many editors had reviewed the contents for several times to make sure that there were no mistakes. While in an age of information explosion, it’s hard to make sure that the supervision is put in place, which will consequently lead to the less accuracy of news.
According to what I have discussed above, we can safely draw a conclusion that the media nowadays do not value the accuracy of news as much as in the past, due to the substandard of personal media and the negative consequence of fierce competition among them.
1. with the progress of sth.: 随着……的进步(growth or development)
2. witness: 目击（to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception）
3. pop out: 突然出现（to come or go quickly, suddenly, or unexpectedly）
4. attach importance to: 重视（to attribute or ascribe）
5. be detrimental to: 对……不利（something that is harmful or can be injurious）
6. click rate: 点击率（the number of clicks on something on an HTML page as a percentage of the number of times that that thing was downloaded with a page）