How can we prevent the Media Bias? I think it's a signifcant issue our world is facing today
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A StackExchange style reputation system for news reports. The system of managing privileges based on points has worked very well. I've been looking at what it would take to make a news site out of the SE platform. It doesn't work cleanly as it stands, but i think something like it (with some Slashdot.org metamoderation) is the future.
For relevant example in science fiction, read David Brin's "Existence" novel.
Note that Reddit is a good start on this but personally I don't think it has the right community self-management setup.
Can we define Media Bias in a way which, itself, is not biased? It's a surprisingly tricky concept. If I am reading a scientific journal, I expect it to be peer reviewed to bias the articles towards those which are worth reading.
Bias, of course, implies that there is a correct version of reporting. We measure media bias by comparing against this correct version, but what is correct? One of the phrases most quoted is "just report the news," which sounds brilliant, until you realize just how much news there is. If we reported "all the news," each newspaper would be a billion pages thick. And that's not even counting the Sunday edition. We expect a filter to be applied to the news. That's one of the things we pay the media for. We want them to help us identify what is important, so that we don't have to.
So, from a world building perspective (which is the valid perspective on this question for this site), if one is building a story about media bias, its worth noting that the bias is actually desired. A story which seeks to erase media bias will have to deal with this paradoxical problem.
And remember, history goes to the victor.
At the risk of seeming mathematically pedantic, I think that the variance in the media is a bigger problem -- the large (and IMHO widening) spreading out of what's trustable vs. what is not. Yes, there's more and more data, but much of it more noise than signal. I think Neil Stephenson termed it "the Bullshyte problem" in his novel Anathem. Mis/Dis-information isn't new, but the internet and social media give "Bullshyters" great leverage.