Winterbourne View: care home newsletter (Once a week news pic, plus comment on ‘new’ vs ‘old’ media)

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Edmund Burke


I think this BBC Panorama documentary and reporter Joe Casey should go down in history, not only for raising awareness of the evil actions it witnessed, but also to highlight the reasons why serious investigative journalism should never die out.  How will these investigations be supported in the blog, social media and citizen journalism news landscape?  Some digital & alternative media activists call for the overthrow of the traditional media regimes, but it seems to me that “old media” still serves an important function in society.  It has always been my view that in the UK alternative/community media platforms should co-exist with, but not overthrow, traditional media networks.  Alternative media activists in different countries will have different arguments as to whether this is the same for them.

Shawn Sobers


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