World Press Freedom Day: From the invention of the printing press to our digital publishing era, our human right to free expression has continued innovating at an incredible speed… what will come next?
It began around 1440 -most European texts were printed using xylography, a process extremely complicated and highly expensive- when Johannes Gutenberg, a young goldsmith from Mainz, Germany, started experimenting for a more efficient method of printing which allowed for an assembly line-style production and enabled for the first time in history books to be mass-produced — and at only a fraction of the regular cost.
Today, we celebrate the World Press Freedom Day, and we cannot help but to think about the impressive and constant evolution we have made in the name of the dissemination of knowledge.
From the printed press, to the radio, the television and now the World Wide Web quenching our thirst of information, with all the data analysis and shared opinions we can obtain just “in the click of a hand”, it is hard to look back 10 years ago and ask ourselves: how did our previous generations lived without our modern digital version of free expression?
One good example of innovations that have recently redefined the modern press freedom is the “Automated Journalism”. A program designed to automatically generate text that can create around 5 simple articles per second through text engines on a certain topic. Important media like the L.A. Times or Forbes Magazine use this kind of programs to report stories on for example, earthquakes or elections.
Nevertheless, an algorithm cannot have an opinion or a judgement. Flesh and blood journalists have fought and succeeded to preserve humanity’s right to express strong ideas on delicate matters like religion, politics or sex orientation; expose big cases of corruption to unmask some of the world’s greatest leaders or Corporations incurring on illegal practices –like Wikileaks or Panama Papers; and of course helped scientific discoveries reach all audiences to contribute for the healthier, more sustainable and equal world future generations deserve.
Mariana holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations from the Centro de Estudios en Ciencias de la Comunicación in México City and a Master's Degree in International Global Communications from the Institut Supérieur de Communication et Publicité in Paris.
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