Response #4 – The Concerns attached with Digital Media

Usually when I think of journalism the first thing that comes to mind is J. Jonah Jameson and The Daily Bugle. For those that missed it that’s the news editior from Spiderman. He’s deceptive, cheap, and constantly twisting new articles to increase sales. The only things he got right was giving credit to his photographers and understanding that the world of journalism waits for no one. Just in assessing the advancements that are being made in technology, it is clear that every source of information and the way it is received will change with that. In “How Social Media is Reshaping News”, the first point that “roughly two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults use the site, and half of those users get news there — amounting to 30% of the general population,” is the most interesting point. With each passing generation, the use of newspapers and the television to readily access news is no longer the most accessible.

My main concern in this age of digital media is the acquiring data while still respecting the ethos of new media and journalism. Advancements have called into question the accuracy of the information being circulated as every camera becomes a primary source to history. Things such as verification of facts and the source of credible photos and material are harder to identify as instantly with so many hands retweeting and recirculating firsthand accounts of the critical moments of history. As with the crisis described in Libya, the prime account was not told my journalists, but by a single resident that had a smartphone.

Another great concern is the disconnection with the content that is being exposed. As stated by Carroll, it is becoming extremely difficult to filter what the general public is releasing into the world. The example used of the Chattanooga Times-Free Press is just one example of the need to regulate the language of the people. With laws not being quickly changed to fit the growing needs of society, a void is created in which we as people become less responsible for the energy that is released digitally. This emotional disconnect with words make it hard to objectively add a important piece to the flow of information. All in all, my major opinion is that with all of the changes occurring, the time needs to be taken to evaluate every piece of the puzzlr

2 thoughts on “Response #4 – The Concerns attached with Digital Media

  1. Your parallelism of Spider-Man dragged me in right away. I agree that much like most of the corporations even the news do it for the numbers. Their responsible is to the quantity of views not the quality of their work.

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