Even if you’re not a conspiracy theorist, you might have wondered what happens when news outlets close their doors forever. What if every media outlet shuts down? How would we keep up with the news? It’s a scary thought, huh? But what if it happened to you or your friends and family members one day?
Most of us rely on news outlets for up-to-date information occasionally. However, many people don’t realize that more and more people don’t trust mainstream media nowadays. These people tend to doubt everything they read or hear from traditional outlets. They want their sources of information and can no longer trust others. With that in mind, let us explore what if news disappeared?
What If The News Disappeared?
In a world where we never published news, life would go on. People would continue to do what they were doing before. They would continue to grow, learn, and earn their living. It is not essential to our daily lives as crucial as news is. Such a scenario would be complex at first.
People would have to adapt to a new world without news. But after a while, people would adjust. Even if people did not actively seek news, they would still hear snippets of it through conversations, radio ads, and television shows. They would also notice a lack of construction, traffic accidents, and other newsworthy events in the city, town, or neighbourhood where they live.
We can also imagine that some people would become addicted to the news. They would keep scanning the Internet and watching the local news to try and get their fix. They would be frustrated when they could not find any news to satisfy their craving. People would have to interpret the information they receive differently.
In What Way Would the World Be Different
If a natural disaster occurs, people in a news-free world would have to learn to interpret the information. People would lose their trust in each other and institutions. If a person loses trust in a news source, they become more likely to distrust information from other sources.
People also become less trusting of institutions such as the government, banks, and schools. Society would need to learn to function again without the guidance of the media.
How Fast Would The World’s Situation Worsen?
In a world without news, people would have to interpret information and trust their fellow men and woman. But this would take time. It would be easier for people to lose trust if there were almost no news sources. Over time, people would notice a lack of news and question the reliability of their information from other people and institutions.
People would switch to social media for the latest updates. Most people already do this to some degree, but people would have more free time in a news-free world. Social media would fill in as a news source. People would also have the option of creating their news outlets which would become more prevalent in a news-less world.
People Would Lose Their Trust
With no news, people would lose their trust in each other. They’d blame each other for everything. They’d have no information to support the accusations. People would also be suspicious of institutions. They’d think they were lying.
That’s because they’d have no information to back up the claims. The world would become more corrupt. Fewer people would trust their government, and institutions like banks, banks, and the police would become more violent.
People Would Switch to Social Media For the Latest Updates
People would switch to social media for the latest updates. They’d come across many alternative facts and fake news, believing even less credible sources. That’s how people would survive without the news.
Social media would become the only source of information. You’d have to find out the latest updates on your community, families, and friends. Social media would lead to a lot of disputes and arguments. You might even get into fights with your family members and friends.
Online Editors Would Be Out Of Work
Online editors are professionals who write and publish articles on websites. Without news, these articles would never have been published. Therefore, the online editor would be out of a job. Online editors would be out of work.
You could say that fake news websites would replace news outlets. With no news, nobody would be able to write articles anymore. The articles would all be about alternative facts and fake news, so readers wouldn’t know what to believe.
Fake news websites would take over the job of writing articles. However, a few people would still work in news outlets. Those people would be like editors. They would edit articles and correct mistakes (which would be a lot). That’s how the world would become completely oblivious to the crisis.
Citizens Would Be Completely Oblivious To The Crisis
The citizens of the world wouldn’t know anything about the crisis. That’s because they wouldn’t have access to any credible source of information like CNN or BBC (which are no longer credible). That’s how the world’s citizens would remain utterly oblivious to the crisis.
How Would We Know What Happened?
Right now, the world runs on the news. We live in a society that depends on the flow of information to function. If news outlets disappeared, people would have to invent new ways to communicate. If we had to find out what was happening in the world through word-of-mouth, we’d have no clue what was going on.
Sure, you could find out what your friends and family were talking about, but that would only get you so far. You’d have no way of finding out about national and international events. You’d have no way of finding out what’s going on. You’d have no way of communicating with people from other countries. If the news disappeared, people would have to learn how to communicate again, taking time.
No More’ How-To’ Articles
Newer generations may not remember the ‘How To’ articles, but they were common in newspapers and magazines. A ‘How To’ article is always a good read, and it’s an essential part of any culture. But in a world without newspapers, many people won’t be able to find these articles in their language.
Likely, many people won’t be able to read in their language anyway, which will make these articles even more critical. In a world without newspapers, how would people know how to make an aeroplane out of a jar or how to make a phone charger out of an old mobile phone? Most people will still want to learn these techniques. It’s just that they’ll have to learn them online.
What Happens to Historical Documents?
Some people worry that their local archives will be destroyed in a media blackout. The truth is that many of these will be stored digitally, safe, and sound. However, some archives are still physical locations and are therefore at risk.
For example, the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland stores some of the most important historical documents in the world. Without a media outlet to report on what’s happening there, those documents will remain untouched.
What Happens to the Economy?
One of the biggest worries about a media blackout is what will happen to the economy. Many people believe that without news reports on how the economy is doing and how stock markets are performing, people will panic and sell off their stocks at a loss (and therefore cause more economic problems). That may or may not be true—it depends on whether or not people trust those who have taken over their country enough to let them run things in an economic sense.
Suppose they do trust them enough for that. In that case, there won’t be any problems with stock markets during a media blackout because people will be confident in their decisions and will continue buying and selling stocks as usual (or at least as “normal” as it gets during an economic crisis). If people don’t trust those who control their co-op or city (or country), there will be a lot of panic selling, and people will be heading for the hills.
The media blackout can also significantly impact the economy if it’s not handled correctly. It aims to distract people from what’s happening in their country, so if they don’t have access to the news, they won’t know what’s happening and therefore won’t know how to react. That could make it more likely that things go badly.
What Happens to the Environment?
One of the biggest concerns about a media blackout is that it will have a horrible impact on the environment. As we mentioned before, communication is everything—if you can control what people hear, see, and reentry enough for such a purpose, you can control their actions.
If they don’t know what’s going on, then they won’t be able to do anything about it. One of the biggest concerns about a media blackout is that it will lead to people doing harmful things to the environment, like not recycling or burning more fossil fuels.
What Happens to Free Speech?
If we were to go without any media for a long enough period, it would be effortless for people to believe that there was no news coming out of their country. The government might even tell them there are no more newspapers in the country (or they could decide that there aren’t any newspapers and make them print lies instead). If enough people believed this, the government would be much more potent because nobody would dare question them or call them out on any wrongdoing.
Free speech is so important—if you don’t have access to media, you lose your ability to speak up and make your opinions heard by others. You also lose your ability to spread information about what is happening in your country, thereby shaping public opinion and affecting policies and laws.
What Happens with Media Ownership?
One of the biggest concerns about a media blackout is that it will lead to media ownership changes and consolidation among large corporations that can afford to buy up all the newspapers and radio stations in a country. If a government decides to shut down the media, who owns what? Who gets the right to speak and write? Who gets to tell the truth?
In many countries that allow for media ownership, a rule requires media outlets to be owned by a non-profit entity. However, this doesn’t always happen. In China, for example, all of the influential state-owned newspapers are owned by a single company called China Daily, which is controlled directly by the Chinese government. If there is a ban on reporting what is happening in China, it will be easy for the government to decide who gets to speak and who does not.
News outlets play an essential role in our society. They allow us to stay informed and understand the world we live in. The disappearance of popular news outlets would be a sad reality. Many people would switch to less reliable social media sources.
The truth would be buried under much fake news and alternative facts. People would lose trust in each other and institutions, worsening the current situation. There might be many people who would work in traditional media outlets.
But most of them would be like editors who would edit articles and correct mistakes. They’d be out of work because people would be utterly oblivious to the crisis. The Internet would be completely black, and people would lose their trust in each other.