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Week 6: Journalism & its Negotiation of Online, the blogosphere and social media

June 10, 2011

Two words for this slightly late post: Mental block.

Been thinking about this topic since 3 weeks ago. You might be thinking why such advanced thinking. Well, primarily, this week, it’s my team doing the presentation. My team; Eva Berlin, Nadia Ingrida and myself did a presentation about online journalism. Well, it’s more of the general stuff, specifically, we spoke about technological determinism theories; that are: technological utopianism and technological dystopianism.

  • Technological utopianism: This theory supports technology for journalism in which says that with technology, it creates impetus for creativity and innovation, brings about more jobs of higher intellectual level and most importantly, in our busy world, we can get real-time updates of news.
  • Technological dystopianism: On the other hand, this theory discusses the negative impacts technology has on journalism. As with technology, the world becomes a place without barriers. Therefore cultures, value can be lost with the spreading of Western culture becoming so prevalent, thus almost everything becomes homogeneous. At the same time, the standard of journalism dips as everyone and anyone can create content and post it online.

Let’s take a closer look at bloggers. According to Curley (2004), they (bloggers) are producing much more content than journalists. Individuals such as Seth Godin and Tim Harford have something to blog about each day; looking at the world in their “specialised”  point of view. By “specialised”, I imply by their academic training. Tim Harford is a economist and a columnist for The Financial Times while Seth Godin is a marketing guru, entrepreneur and the creator of Squidoo. So should we consider them as journalists?

My group’s stand? We conclude that they shouldn’t be considered as journalists. Wilson, Bruns & Saunders (2011) say that technology and online news should be considered as complementary sources. It should not be the primary source.

Another question is; what do you think of journalists who are bloggers themselves? Would you still look at them as journalists in their blogs and trust what they write in there, counting them as your primary source?

 

Till the next,

Suzanne

 

References:

Curley, T 2004, Personal observation at keynote address to Online News Association’s annual conference, 12 November, Los Angeles.

Wilson,  J, Bruns, A &Saunders, B 2011, Who’s afraid of the MSM?, accessed 5 June 2011, <   http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007.09/27/2045115.htm&gt;.

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