PRUDENCE WITH FB OR ANY OTHER STORIES. PAUL BAKER


PRUDENCE WITH FB OR ANY OTHER STORIES. PAUL BAKER
PRUDENCE WITH FB OR ANY OTHER STORIES. PAUL BAKER

There’s no need to shoot the messenger, but remember, social media is a valuable but largely unregulated medium which allows anyone to post what they will; some of the content is excellent, some conjecture, much is just gossip and a little is intentionally misleading or propaganda or just unpleasant and abusive….It allows many to participate with up to date news and be part of the conversation, but please don’t believe everything and learn to be selective of writers and the content of what they say.

The same needs to be said of the media; they’re more (self-regulated) but staffed by professional journalists who are meant to be trained and are aware of media standards, although unfortunately the (needed) Media Council has been napping for some years and needs to be properly revived..But it’s not just in PNG; the UK’s media and its deficient watchdog, for example, have been under scrutiny of late, including over undue links between some journalists, pollies and police and media intrusion into people’s lives, including illegal phone tapping.

In PNG there are now many newspapers, but some have fixed corporate positions on some issues (e.g. nobody takes the National’s articles on forestry seriously, knowing that the paper is owned by PNG’s biggest logger) and there’s an increasing worry (as told by many journalists, that check-book journalism is increasingly prevalent, with inducements to cover certain stories or perhaps threats if papers are unduly critical.

So, the message: whoever’s writing and talking on the radio, whether PNGan or foreign, be ready to treat it cautiously, use your judgement, try to secure evidence (or as with medical or legal opinions, seek a second opinion), and don’t just go blindly following some false leader or guru! The same goes for stories about cheap credit, high returns or gifts and inheritances offered by Nigerian supposed Central bankers, lawyers, Bougainvillean or New York pyramid money scheme (ponzi) operators or other such conmen!

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