This week’s lecture made it clear that social media has no doubt changed the way people see and interact with their world. It has changed the role of the passive consumer, as Jay Rosen said, “formerly known as the audience”, to an active producer of content that has the potential to be more newsworthy and influential than the mass media. The conversation is no longer one-sided or monologic, but rather, it has become dialogic, through a shift of power. Thus, through the power of individuals it has the power to bring to the forefront issues that may previously have been kept in the background or oppressed by the “gatekeepers” of information and censorship.
I have included this YouTube clip to illustrate the scale in which social media is being used, how its being used and how governments have deemed it a threat.
Is there a downside to all this ‘power’ and access to information?
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