Citizen Journalism isn’t for Everyone

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I made this meme in response to the discussion we had in class with Ted. He talked of the internet and citizen journalism as a tool for revolution, allowing us to access frame free news and decide on our own storyline. Whilst I agree that for some people this may be the case, assuming that everyone is going to ditch legacy media seems a little far fetched. Take my mother for example. I love her, but she’s not great on fact-checking. It’s gotten to the point that she simply assumes most news pieces on the internet are a waste of time because she’s never bothered to check their validity. Instead, shes still one of those people that watches the 6 o’clock news to get her knowledge of the world.

This tends to make people like me, that thrive off the internet, pretty irrationally mad. For the most part, there’s very little wrong with legacy media. They have very clear and calculatableĀ biases. With stories or pieces of information on the internet, the perspective of the source is often a mystery. Neither form of journalism is right or wrong, but both should be available for people to choose between.

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One thought on “Citizen Journalism isn’t for Everyone

  1. Hi!
    I think your conclusion probably contradicts with your opinion, as I can notice yours is quite biased towards legacy media.
    In fact, both legacy and new media have their own pros and cons. While you believe legacy media provides more reliable news than social media, it may not always be true, especially in communist countries like my country (Vietnam), China and particularly, North Korea. Frankly speaking, even a democratic country like the US is also considered to produce a wide range of fake news and propaganda on their media, either intentionally or unintentionally. The recent case relative to counter threats from President Trump and North Korea is an example, as can be seen from here: http://www.38north.org/2017/08/editor080917/
    The article stated that the US media provided a false conclusion about North Korea’ statement on negotiation with the US on its nuclear program, while North Korea has always been believed to censor their news and propagate on legacy media. In this case, I believe North Korean people definitely crave for news from social media, where information is not censored by their government. Therefore, in this case, I can’t agree with you on legacy being less wrong than the Internet.
    Again, everything has 2 faces and as you said, people have the right to access both legacy and social media, so that they can have a broader, more objective point of view before making a decision on whether a piece of news is reliable or not. Also, at the end of the day, you can easily check whether the news is legitimate or reliable or not on the Internet, but you cannot do that on legacy media as it is only one-way communication, while new media is two-way communication.
    The world keeps developing and for better or for worse, new form of media will still be created, whether we like it or not. Therefore, to adapt to the development of information technology, all we can do is to choose which form of media is more relevant to us.
    Hope it helps!
    – Ray

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