In a world where SEO is a more important term than USSR, we may see modern media help to restart the old mindsets of the cold war. In a continually strange turn of events that make the old ways of the Cold War look ironically charming and sensible, early Friday, former Ukraine Leader Viktor Yanukovych denied he was overthrown by his own people. Instead, he claims he fled for his life, after gangsters and pro-fascists seized power in Kiev.
In a time when there is so much independent media, including this article, it is hard to know who is in charge and what the real story is. According to Yanukovych, he is apparently still in charge.
Denying the assumption that Ukrainian people overthrew the leader, he has called for all parties to put into action an agreement signed by himself, by Russian leaders and by representatives from Europe that would set up new elections.
However, it may not mean much of anything at all, possibly dependant upon how it plays out in the wild and crazy jungle of the viral, ‘word-search’ world of Google news and modern media, all of whom could seemingly care less if they help to re-start the cold war.
The USA Today online, Google News, the Huffington Post and many other popular websites, in a fight for viral hits and advertising dollars, will most likely continue to report the scuffle in whatever ways will bring eyeballs to their respective websites. Meanwhile, European and western powers fight for their economic and political interests and Russia and the old powers from the East fight for theirs.
It’s a mad scramble for politics and power, legitimacy and voice and the internet is helping to lead the way. Which way, nobody seems to know. In the old days, there were only three television channels (in America anyway), a few popular radio stations and a slew of legitimate and important newspapers that detailed more in-depth aspects of particularly important stories. Nowadays, it is a ‘free for all’ whether or not matters in Ukraine are more important than George Clooney’s clever response to rumors that he is gay.
As America was becoming the great behemoth of politics and commerce, it trusted the voice of the New York Times over every other significant voice. Its reporters were seemingly the most well-informed and accurate in the country and all the news sources usually followed their lead.
Take the wrongful invasion of Iraq for instance. The whole reason, as stated by the United States, was that the New York Times had reported that they had WMD’s, for definite sure. It was reported so, by a trusted reporter, who had a trusted source. However, no one ever found them and the Americans who landed there and looked in all the designated areas were certain that their intelligence had been falsified. For what reasons, only conspiracy theorists were seemingly willing to guess.
That was pre-Youtube and pre-SEO. It was before the Huffington Post eclipsed the New York Times in financial and informational prowess. It was before an unknown writer like myself was given a chance to reach 7 billion eyeballs after clicking the ‘submit’ button.
When you consider that Editorial decisions on such a massive scale were left often to one family, like the Sulzbergers, who have owned the New York Times since the mid 1800’s, it makes one wonder where the future of reporting current events will lead. It is an argument between responsibility and trust, concentrated power and individual liberty.
Here, myself and the Guardian Liberty Voice have the individual liberty to convey to you the reader our own interpretation. Measured by how many we reach, we can either have a big effect or no effect at all on conveying this particular story, whichever way we interpret it, however it turns out. It’s quite similar to the open book going on in the Ukraine. Will there be true justice and systemic truth to emerge for the general populace there or will they be torn to pieces by the chess moves of the old powers of the cold war, assisted by the new powers of modern media? I guess we will all sit back and see which way the future of Ukraine gets clicked and shared and sent.
By Jeff Rowe-Opinion