Is News Liberated or Enslaved? Consequences of News Aggregation

News, if published on the Internet, may be downloaded at any moment automatically by one of the aggregating applications such as Flipboard, Zite, Pulse, Taptu, News360, Trove, etc. Sometimes they differ in the manner of obtaining and presenting the content. The thing they all have in common is that they make up an entirely new layout out of a number of articles.

Presentation of articles in the aggregators was subject to my in-depth analysis. The causes and consequences of separating the news from its place in the original service have been verified. At the same time, dangers derived primarily from the use of algorithms instead of people in the preparation of the information / news layout in the aggregator have been encountered. For example, in Zite if the readers subscribe the „Polska” channel they also receive information regarding nail polishing.

Aula Leopoldina, University of Wroclaw

Therefore, the question is that since the news appears in the context which is probably not wanted by the reader (and perhaps by the news, should it have a personality of its own) then it must be enslaved. But the answer obtained after analysis is different. Professional news is expensive. Hence the problem related with its enslavement concerns issues linked with its release from outside of the paywall and its inclusion into the information circulation process. To this end contracts, agreements are entered into and licences are purchased.

Another question is: do the much news devoted to a single topic restrict or enhance the reader? A collection of news is closed into a single, several or a dozen or so at most topics determined in advance and it will not go beyond them. In an attempt to provide an answer to this question, the pluses and minuses have been balanced. The reader takes advantage from the use of the aggregator as it offers him access to the unknown, small and local sites.

The paper I have prepared concerns the consequences of news aggregation in mobile applications and I’m happy to invite you to the 7th International Central and East European Communication and Media Conference (CEECOM) 2014, this year entitled „Changing Media and Democracy: 25 Years of Media Freedom and Public Sphere in Central and East Europe”, which will be organized in Wroclaw (June 12-14, 2014). The organizers are Polish Communication Association, University of Wroclaw and CEECOM Consortium.

During the conference I will present the results of my research above.
Wrocław, 7/10 Uniwerystecka st., Thursday, June 12, 2014, 15:00-17:00

Event in the English language.

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