What is F.R.E.E.D.?

It is something I am working on right now, and it is an alternative model to journalism.

I will slowly unroll the system over the next few weeks in different ways.

But this is a short preface.

Journalism had a rig that served as both a blessing until it became a curse: the rig of exclusivity of mass dissemination. When the Internet came along, the rig suddenly served as a barrier, preventing journalists from seeing that much of what they had exclusive control made much of their jobs obsolete.

But not all of it, but what was left could not congeal in the same way because so much hinged on having gate-keepers.

But then other deficiencies began to become a serious problem. The lack of empirical methods would be one. The over-reliance on narrative and ideological bias would be another.

Worst of all, journalists began to pick sides, relying on partisan opinion rather than facts.

It became an unfixable mess.

But it doesn't have to stay that way.

Journalism's models are broken: both the business model, but also the model of journalism itself. There is a loss of trust, and a need for information.

F.R.E.E.D. is an answer to journalism. It is not beholden to the old structures and offers a new way of finding, verifying, and disseminating information in a simple and straightforward way.

It is a system that takes account propaganda and manipulation from the get go. It is a method of overriding press release culture and ignoring narrative entirely. It is a core system of understanding human behaviour and empirical methods of news gathering.

How I unroll this system over the next few weeks is by first outlining what F.R.E.E.D. isn't -- and by showing the shortcomings of mainstream news stories -- how they failed and why. What was missing? What unfounded assumptions were made? Why the article or broadcast failed the public and wasted everyone's time?

I will also discuss how I came to these conclusions and what in my professional life brought me to these conclusions, and I have already started here. Each step of my findings will be posted here before the next level of F.R.E.E.D. begins.

What does the acronym stand for? That will be left unsaid for the time-being. For now, it will be a new phase for this site. As journalism continues to rot away, it is time to give life to an alternative that does not make the same mistakes -- and is global in reach, even when it is local...