Week Four Bibliography – Slow Media References

Butterworth, T. (2009). Time for a Slow Word Movement. Available: http://archive.is/20130123123342/http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/29/media-newspapers-internet-opinions-columnists-trevor-butterworth.html. Last accessed 1st August 2016.


Gillmor, Dan. (2009). Towards a Slow News Movement. Available: http://mediactive.com/2009/11/08/toward-a-slow-news-movement/. Last accessed 1st August 2016.

In this article, Gillmor discusses the implications of a so-called ’24 hour news cycle’, paying particular interest to the way in which this type of news reporting often leads to the spread of false information and citizen panic. However, this article stands out as it is not one-sided; Gillmor admits the positives of a fast and constant news cycle. Gillmor’s definition of ‘slow news’ is focused more so on the consumption by the audience; slow news involves the act of seeking out insightful, fact-driven news media, rather than fast, demand-driven news. This article is helpful as it gives a definition of slow news in terms of the consumer, where most define slow media in terms of the producer.


Honore, C (2004). In Praise of Slow: Challenging the Cult of Speed. Great Britain: Orion


Matt. (2005). The Era of Slow News. Available: http://snarkmarket.com/2005/721. Last accessed 1st August 2016.

This article is helpful to us in researching slow news as it argues that the Internet, and specifically blogs, have slowed down the news cycle rather than sped it up. The author, known only as Matt, writes that ‘traditional journalists report stories forward, bloggers can report them backwards’. Matt argues that the permanently archived nature of the Internet, as well a willingness by bloggers to dig into the past for topic of interest means that news coming from these sources is effectively much slower than news coming from the 24-hour news cycle of traditional journalists.

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