Sunday, April 24, 2016

Who Is The Press

"Are you the press?"
"Well, a million people looked at my video. I'd say the answer is yes."

 - Ange and Marcus from Homeland by Cory Doctorow, available here

A publication or broadcast program that provides news and feature stories to the public through various distribution channels. Media outlets include newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet.

Maybe I don't get a million views on a post, but I'm not just a one-off poster. I have an established posting schedule, a regular audience, and I feature stories to the public through my channels. So maybe I don't have syndication, so what?

That's the problem with the internet: it makes it possible for everybody and his dog (well, maybe not his dog, unless the dog is wearing a smart collar) to become a news outlet of their own. Maybe my claim is a little stronger than Marcus's simply because I'm established; I have a name, a history.

But as far as I can tell, there's no legal definition of "the press," (except for umbrella ones like this or the one above) which makes legal matters about what the press can do that the general populace can't (or vice versa) moot.

Like recording in a frozen zone.

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