IT Hiring: Media
Media, being just a business, is subject to the same
principles as government and business in IT hiring; see
For democracy to work, media (i.e. writers) is supposed to
keep government, business, and the general public
well-informed. This was considered important enough that a
protection for it was put into the Constitution by the
Founding Fathers: the First Amendment.
Readers assume that IT writers are qualified to talk about IT
so writers talking about IT without being qualified is fraud,
particularly when the writers conspicuously don't give their
IT education credentials (they'd give them if they had
For writers the most important advice has always been "write
what you know", including going to college to study the
subject you are going to write about, not journalism, English,
or other non-IT-related subject.
Media often has doctors and lawyers as writers for medical and
legal stories but when it comes to IT stories, the writers
have journalism, English, or other non-IT subjects as majors;
for example, New York Times cybersecurity writer Nicole
These days Twitter and Facebook have become the primary
sources for the media. Writers lazily sit around reading
those and writing about them as news. Many stories are images
of the tweets and the text is a repeat of the tweets, with
some ignorant opinionated commentary added. Before the Web,
media was accused of just reporting press releases as news.
At least those press releases were more informational than
Twitter tweets and Facebook entries.
These no-real-information Twitter tweets and Facebook entries
are even more problematic because government often uses them
as its preferred media presence, even more than their own
websites. Moreover, this intertwines government with media so
much that it has Congress asking whether media should be
prevented from censoring the government. However, the First
Amendment only says government can't censor the people,
including media and business; the people have the right to
censor the government. See Fake
Federal Facebook Fury Finally Finished
There are magazines devoted to government and business IT,
largely funded by government and business (through ads and
conferences), that are just cheerleaders and mouthpieces for
government and business and would never report a story
critical of them.
These days even media is being overrun by supposedly-cheaper
foreigners (see IT Hiring:
), even ones who don't speak English very
well -- media editing has become so bad it often doesn't
matter. A foreign writer should not write for Americans
because he cannot know what Americans think and feel about IT
issues like censorship, privacy, and foreigners taking
American jobs, like IT writing.
Particularly in IT, the media really does need glasses, big
ones, but clear ones.
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