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->''"You provide the pictures, I'll provide the war."''
-->-- '''William Randolph Hearst''', using yellow journalism to kickstart the UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar

In the real world, newspapers, network television stations and other bastions of old media have complicated relationships with the Internet. They have sometimes been hostile to it, while also desperately embracing it in pursuit of new revenue streams in these difficult days. ''The New York Times'''s website is one of the most popular in the world, and quite a lot of commentators have Twitter feeds.

But this relationship is sometimes too complicated for a full and accurate portrayal in fiction. And thus we have the polar opposite of NewMediaAreEvil. Many works portray old media institutions (newspapers, radio, TV networks) as ignorant, malicious or both. The classic example of this trope is the stodgy old white guy railing against bloggers, webcomics, and anyone not under the influence of the brainwashing satellites owned by LouisCypher, S. Atan, and UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch. Expect "get off my lawn"-type comments to come up rather frequently.

The reality? Most reporters, editors or other practitioners of old media are generally decent folk who do their jobs. They're no different from your typical insurance adjuster or other office mook. Because their jobs involve extensive public communication, [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer mistakes tend to get amplified]]. If a reporter just broke up with a significant other and comes in bitter and angry and lets it affect his or her work, or simply makes an understandable mistake in spelling, an eagle-eyed reader will notice it. And as those mistakes are in the public eye, they can result in some innocent citizen getting burned on the front page. Media personnel usually receive extensive ethics training and take mistakes very hard. None of that makes the burned individual feel any better about getting humiliated in their local paper.

There is also a bit of an idea that older media institutions, due to being run by large centralized organizations, are prone to being taken over by corrupt and/or tyrannical governments and used as propaganda mills, while the internet still has a bit of a "rebel" feel to many people.

One of the ways authors allow certain members of old media institutions to PetTheDog is to show them embracing the new media, especially in contrast to their less tolerant bosses and co-workers. Interestingly, this trope is actually OlderThanTheyThink; people have been making jokes about how lame books are for a long time.

Meta note: [[AcceptableTargets a lot of Tropers have a lot of problems with old media figures, and often for good reason]]. That said, there are numerous pages on this Wiki devoted to chronicling the foibles of newspapers, TV, radio, etc. See: CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, NewMediaAreEvil, TheNewRockAndRoll, among others. So please avoid placing any kind of "TruthInTelevision" examples on this page.



* ''Film/CitizenKane'' is one of the earliest criticisms of Old Media in the form that it exists today. Note that Kane himself is a thinly veiled version of William Randolph Hearst -- the spiritual godfather of Ted Turner and UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch. Keep in mind that Welles did slip in some delicious multi-level irony with the quote, "Don't believe [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds everything]] you hear on [[NewMediaAreEvil the radio]]!".
* ''Film/TheRing'' uses this heavily. An old videotape spreads an unending curse. Bonus points go to the Western Film version, which discuss it.
--> ''What is it with you reporters? You take one person's tragedy and force the world to experience it. You spread it like a sickness.''
* The villain of ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' is a poorly disguised version of Robert Maxwell, evident at the end when M says they'll make his death look like he committed suicide on his yacht, which is how Maxwell may have died (he either killed himself or had an accident, but he allegedly- and with some evidence- may have been killed by foreign intelligence agents- Mossad in this case-, just as Carver is killed by Film/JamesBond). Carver is worse than any of them, of course, since he brings the world to the brink of war for ratings and has numerous people- including his own wife- tortured and killed, par the course for a Bond villain.
* ''Franchise/RoboCop'', [[Film/RoboCop1987 the first movie]] at least, has several fake advertisements, among them various house hold products and a board game consisting of war up to and including thermonuclear (with realistic special effects build in). The way the advertisements are done border on outright brainwashing.
* ''Film/MeetJohnDoe'' has the cynical character that is newspaper owner D.B. Norton, who's only interested in political power. [[spoiler:He even turns his newspaper against the man he'd previously supported ''in the middle of a political rally'' indicating he'd had plans for if his patsy went off-script.]]


[[folder:Live Action TV]]

* ''Series/ICarly'' did an episode where the kids' [[WebOriginal webshow]] is bought up by a network -- and ExecutiveMeddling quickly turns it into something completely different (and much more childish).
* A ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode has a zealous computer student snarling "The printed page is obsolete!" -- Giles recoils as if startled by an odd bug. Computer teacher Ms. Calendar seems little better as she accuses Giles of wanting knowledge kept "in some depository where only a handful of white guys can get at it!"
* The EldritchAbomination from the first serial of ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'' derives power from old nursery rhymes, posessing a children's book at one point.



* "Where the Wild Wind Blows" is a song by Music/IronMaiden based on the graphic novel of the same name, about an elderly couple obsessed with the end of the world based on what they see on television.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky4uYnsF3kc Television: The Drug of the Nation]]'' by the Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy discusses how mass media is used to dumb down and brainwash the populace of the USA.


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]

* In the world of ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', television is literally an invention of the devil, or at least of Nybaas, the Demon Prince of The Media, who manipulates print and broadcast (especially broadcast) to make or destroy trends and personalities at will. However, while Nybbas has a presence on the Internet, it's not truly under his control to the same degree ... a fact that frustrates him mightily.


[[folder:Video Games]]

* A theme used in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. A television called The Midnight Channel leads to a series of murders which the heroes must solve. The idea that television is bad when it comes to gossip, predatory journalism and spreading rumors is discussed by several {{Non Player Character}}s and major characters.
* In ''[[VideoGame/IronBrigade Trenched]]'', television is invented early in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, by the BigBad. Seeing the horrors in the world brought to his home, combined with how crappy the primitive programming was, drove him to insanity.
* In ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', Egon and Ray have repeatedly expressed that they wished Print Was Dead because of all the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Tomes Of Eldritch Lore]] and ghost possessed books.
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' uses BodyHorror and Christian mythological undertones inspired from conservative Christian propaganda films and print media from TheEighties.
* ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'', a not so subtle TakeThat against Fox News depicts a propaganda filled news show that demons use to control the populace.
* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] but ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' really hates the movie industry if maybe not movies in general. The backstory states that one of the reasons Los Santos is suffering economically is that video games and TV have edged out the movie industry. That said, it pulls no punches in depicting a Hollywood stand-in as a support group for hypocritical morally bankrupt attention whores. While almost all the protagonist agree that old movies were awesome, they also agree now the industry is more about the people behind the scenes than the final product.


[[folder:Web Comics]]

* [[Webcomic/PvP Scott Kurtz]] and NewspaperComics.
* While not exactly ''evil'', AnArc in ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' involved Rayne buying a newspaper and took numerous potshots at Old Media.
-->'''Former Newspaper Owner:''' I was thinking of buying a radio station.
-->'''Rayne:''' Why do you hate money?


[[folder:Western Animation]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', as usual, parodies this with an episode where Lisa discovers that all the books are gone from the library. The reason? Books are for squares!
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' portrays television in an exclusively negative light in keeping with the CrapsackWorld. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSPjNOcmiww Just watch this commercial.]]