Swoleroid v. Leonard would’ve been one of the decade’s largest trials had it happened in real life. It was a case of merciless cop-on-civilian violence that happened in NoPixel, a roleplaying server of Grand Theft Auto 5, that hundreds of thousands of people tuned into; Leonard, a police officer, had shot Swoleroid even as he pleaded for his life. It sparked heated debates about the incident, like how the cop roleplayers tried to cover it up, and how the shooting may have been warranted due to Swoleroid’s criminal history.
The UK media is regulated by the likes of IPSO and Ofcom. The report by press regulator IMPRESS highlights the link between low levels of media literacy and trust in the news. The study found that three quarters of those who did not know if journalists were regulated did not trust the news. It suggests that improving media literacy is one way to stem the erosion of trust, and shows that audiences have an appetite for information on news processes. Stakeholders need to collaborate in order to rebuild trust in the news, and independent media is well placed to do this. Read full article here