OPINION: It’s strange what passes for news these days
WHAT is news?
You'd think after 28 years in journalism I would have worked it out by now.
My faithful Macquarie dictionary, given to me by my mother-in-law, states news is: "of a kind now existing or appearing for the first time".
But in this internet age, news travels faster than you can read this sentence.
If more than one person knows about something it's not really news any more and with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, etc, etc, the whole world can know your business the instant you post.
It's definitely changed how we think about delivering the news.
We almost never hold back a story for the paper version of the newspaper these days unless we have a unique piece of content we know no one else has.
But even then, once that piece of information is released and shared on social media, the message can become so diluted no one can remember who had it first.
Earlier this week I wrote up a story for our website based on a Daily Mail story about the Hemsworth brothers going shopping in Byron Bay wearing boardies, singlets and not much else. It was very much tongue in cheek and not meant to be taken too seriously.
Many people commented it must have been a "slow news day" or ventured it wasn't really "news".
That may be right, but 500 people liked the story on Facebook and it's been one of the most popular stories on our website in the past week.
So you tell me.
What passes for news these days?