News and Media

There are many arguments to why democratization of social media allows for more participation and interactions related to the news. Everyday millions of people are on twitter, facebook, blogs, etc. Although there are many pros and cons to this, here are two for each argument. Two pros are one; you are able to voice your opinions on any news topic, which allows others with the same opinions to interact together. The second pro is you can get all sides of a news story, which is trying to be covered up.  Like the book I found today discussed how the media gives the public the half-truth of news stories.  For example Howard Rheingold gives us the benefits of twitter as a social media. He states that twitter can be used to channel multiple publics. Like I said before to allow those who have similar opinions to view what you have to say. He says twitter has variety, and can be used for almost anything including news, and politics.  Last week in class, we had to research about our topic, I can use twitter to communicate that I need to find books on my topic, or get insight about how media distorts news as well. Two cons are your opinions can create conflict. Being able to post what you like on social media, can often offend people, as well, as start trouble. Everyone one has different opinions on issues. Another con is not everyone is good with computers. So if you are using social media to voice your opinion, you may be missing out on an important part of the community. Using social media adequately is not something everyone knows how to do. Like Rheingold states his class of journalist did not know how to find journalist to follow, so he had to help them himself. Like John Delano said social media environment has transformed news media. I think it is important for people to get a sense of #metaliteracy  in order to participate more, and interact in news. 


One response to “News and Media

  1. Emily Than

    When it comes to expressing your opinion through social media, I have to agree that many people use this as a weapon to be drastic and rude to others because they feel like they are shield behind their computers. It ‘allows’ bad behavior and in many causes is the perfect example of cyber bullying. This is something that shouldn’t be taken likely because our generation now to a certain extent is the outcome of all this.

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