TLDR: What suggestions should be made to the current news model in order to encourage
a holistic way of information exchange?
It’s been awhile since I’ve been on this forum, about 2 years and when I first arrived on this site, I asked a question.
For a a few months now I’ve been trying to come up with an mobile app model for a social network.Every model I come up with either seems to similar to the social networks of today or serve no purpose in our daily lives. So I have a question for the forum,
If we suddenly lived in a Utopian society would that society rely on a social network? And if so how could it serve to be a useful(and not distracting) tool?
Feedback greatly appreciated."
I got some interesting responses but it was pretty obvious I asked too big of a question and I was unsure of where I needed to direct my focus. At the time I was only looking at the fact that social media’s pro’s don’t out weigh the cons, I wanted to change what it meant to engage in social media. I began to look into news dissemination, because I believe the next big thing for social platform will be how we interact with the information all around us. I learned we’re currently in a time period where we can’t trust news organizations(never could, hidden agendas), we have more sources for news than ever before to the point where we pick and choose our select channels for news(social media included), and news organizations have tried to adapt but has it been the best solution? Do we still need news gatekeepers? Do journalism ethics and guidelines still have a role in the news model of tomorrow? In addition, if you consider how we define news, the definition has always been dependent on who you ask.
I’m currently have a project where I can develop anything I’d like, so I thought this could be the perfect opportunity (excuse) to see what insights could arise. I’ve taken a research methods class last semester, I’m aware now of the multiple techniques you can use to collect data. And without meaningful data it is difficult to propose meaningful design solutions.
I proposed I would create a concept for a news web application that enables users to understand entire context behind global stories. Redefining the way people engage in meaningful
Not the clearest of descriptions, its still a work in progress. The goals this app aims to achieve are:
• Users can add their own news stories, using blockchain technology for
• All stories presented follow strict and transparent journalisim guidelines.
• Users are presented with the biases for every story presented
• Users are encouraged to engage and share discussions
• Present stories with an intuitive interface and use Augmented Reality to
add further context to stories.
Feedback and critique highly appreciated. Am I looking in the right direction? Do you see a potential use in this application? How do you want to manage and filter the information around us?