Monday, 6 February 2012

Blog Posting #2

Do you believe that social media has increased the quality of news and information or decreased it?

I believe that social media has been beneficial toward the news in many ways. Social media allows for a story to be told immediately after or even during the time it is happening. It has opened many outlets for people to stay connected and knowledgeable about what is going on in the world, and also gave the opportunity for any individual to essentially become an author of their own. However, allowing anyone to log on to the Internet and write their perception of “news” can cause many problems. With this said, I believe that social media has not increased the quality of the news we receive today.

Traditional forms of media may not have been as accessible as they are today, but more importantly it was reliable. With traditional media such as television news, newspapers, or books we know we are getting facts without biased views or opinions. Unfortunately, the various forms of social media that many people use to get their news and information today such as twitter, wikipedia, blogs, Youtube etc. is not always based on solid facts. Therefore, it is important that individuals are able to differentiate between reliable sources and unreliable sources.

However, I have to admit that for those people who are aware and able to see this difference can benefit tremendously from social media news. Many traditional forms of communication are now jumping on the social media bandwagon and taking advantage of what it has to offer. With the right sources, getting your news to your smart phone or computer is a great way to stay connected.

Tips of the day: Don’t believe everything you read, do your own research, and use reliable sources.