We should not boycott the media just because of newspaper scandals, this is not a good idea.
We need an intake of information, read less biased sources, avoid Ruper Murdoch, do all of that, but don’t boycott media altogether because you will not gain anything from it, nobody will take a blow and you will learn less.
This is especially potent in the light of web 2.0 where you can receive news from sources from across a million spectrums, for christ’s sake don’t willingly volunteer for ignorance, think for yourself, discover the sources of information that are reliable and learn from them, examine multiple sources if necessary, but do not think for one second that covering your ears and shouting ‘blah blah blah I’m not listening’ will help you, you need to know what’s going on in the world to make sense of it, and if you’re the kind of person who switches off the TV when the news comes on, well, it’d probably be a lot better for you to find some other source of information to tell you what’s going on, because willingly denying yourself the knowledge of what is happening to the world around you is just plain silly.
Think about how many things you may have for talking points, how many issues affect you daily, we need the media, and with web 2.0 at our fingertips there is no reason why you should not take in any.
Avoid the big companies if you like, that at least could be seen as a good cause, but there are many blogs, vlogs etc. that will happily give you the information you want without smearing their corporate feces all over your nice, new and previously clean rug.
So do some thinking, certainly don’t let other people think for you.
But this does not mean that ignorance of the media is the answer.