Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Understand Journalism
Adrienne LaFrance, writing for the Atlantic on the fundamental incompatibility between Facebook’s approach to presenting information and how good journalism actually works:
Deciding what to believe based on other people’s opinions is not only not journalistic, it’s arguably hostile to the press as a democratic institution. The truth may be nuanced, but reportable facts are often quite straightforward. As any journalist can tell you, the best answer to the question “what happened?” is not why don’t you ask a bunch of your friends what they think, organize their views along a spectrum, and then decide where to plant yourself.