Goodafternoon fellow followers, long time no blog …I’ll just get started right away
Over the most recent years, as a result of mobilised technological development, social media use has grown to astonishing heights! And it is from these expansions, that standard journalism has been turned upside down and citizen journalism has risen to a whole new dimension. Bit baffled? Let me bring you up to speed Wikipedia style:
‘The concept of citizen journalism (also known as “public”, “participatory”, “democratic” “guerrilla” or “street” journalism) is based upon public citizens playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information.’
The cleverly blurred lines of “producer-distributor-consumer” have been re-established and condensed into one single term, the PRODUSER: those who are “interacting with and potentially enhancing existing content.” (Axel Bruns) However, the current concern with such a participatory culture, one who has unlimited access to the internet and recording devices and an unrestricted ability to upload and socially distribute personal findings, is the financial trouble it places print journalism in.
Now, is this good or bad? Well, society has greatly shifted over the past decade; news as a bundle has progressed to niche content: the exclusive is becoming ‘extinct’. In my opinion, and that of many others, mainstream media forces a ‘black or white’ opinion upon its audience; citizen journalism introduces some of the ‘grey.’ With such unlimited and unrestricted resources mentioned above, come so many different perspectives: when an event is unfolding, there is likely to be a citizen journalist (or 20) uploading and documenting the story as it happens in front of them.
For example ‘GlobalLeaks’ – “an open source project aimed at creating a worldwide, anonymous, censorship-resistant, distributed whistleblowing platform” allowed an upload of citizen footage from the Boston bombings:
…But ‘when everyone has a story, which do we listen to?’