It wasn’t real news the other day, but it is now. Balloon Boy – a series of hoaxes. First the original hoax, now the authorities “misleading” the media to “keep the trust” of the Heenes. So now how do you go on to nail someone for lying and then use lies to trap them in their lies?
As I said the other day there are some serious issues with TV news and the real time web. It’s clear that few folks stepped away from the situation to really consider what was going on. It’s pretty easy to blame the Heenes. BUT…. Media (broadcasters and consumers) created the Heenes. So… how will we all approach these situations in the future? Instead of news and real time web being a stiff wind to fan the flames, how can it turn into machinery to get at the facts/truth faster? Is it even possible to be REAL TIME and get to the facts? (I don’t think so)
If new media doesn’t figure this out, which only happens when consumers demand it, we’ll see oddities like this becoming far less odd and it will get harder to decipher what’s a serious situation and what isn’t.