Comparative Analysis Of The Article ' New Media ' Essay
Jönsson and Örnrbring’s (2011) article “User-Generated Content and the News” and Wall and Zahed’s (2015) work “Syrian Citizen Journalism” both use the concept of user-generated content (UGC) as an overall term to form their argument. Flew and Smith (2014) define UGC in their book “New Media” as follows: “The unpaid contributions of the users of a service, which often times constitutes the bulk of the content (over 90 percent in the case of YouTube)” (p. 277).
Despite of that fact that both articles draw from the overall topic of UGC, they also differ in some aspects. Jönsson & Örebring (2011) survey the scope of reader participation in Swedish and English online newspapers to investigate the democratic potential of UGC and the degree of citizens’ empowerment throughout these contributions. Wall & Zahed (2015) examine the creation of news networks of ordinary citizens during the Syrian War. These citizens’ news networks largely take over the role of traditional journalism in the country and were eventually recognized by established global news networks for covering the events in Syria.
My essay compares and contrasts Jönsson & Örebring (2011) and Wall and Zahed (2015) articles to assess the degree of political power and influence citizens’ possess by making use of the concept of UGC. I argue that UGC empowers Syrian citizens and give them a voice in the international sphere, while the influence of Swedish and English online…