Essay on Social Media Argument

1546 Words Sep 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Argument Paper

November 22nd, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated, was marked as one of the most tragic days in US history; however, it also marked a revolutionary change from print media to news broadcasting; the audience of America gained their news through television rather than newspapers. Just as the US saw a transition from print to visual or news broadcasting, journalists presently are now seeing a transition from visual to web-based news. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook as well as blogs are slowly becoming the new medium of communication or web-based news. Similar to the print to visual news transition, the transition from visual to web-based news is also having its fair share of rough patches. Many
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Social media website Twitter allows users to be constantly updated on current events as they happen from a mobile device or computer. With this instantaneous updating of information, the public is always in the know. News organizations are now beginning to use Twitter to update on current information (Andrews 1). To put it into perspective for a journalistic audience to understand, the news can now be quickly updated and understood at the click of a button from only a mobile phone. Some members of this journalistic audience may argue that this news may be bias or not true. However, the purpose of journalism is to provide enough information to be free and self-governing (Kovach and Rosenstiel 32). Suppose a twitter member posts there is a dust storm heading for the city; because we can govern ourselves in this situation, and he/she is trusted, we as a public can trust this information. If this is the case, blogging or tweeting (posting in Twitter) in a journalistic style can be accredited.
Becoming a catalyst to journalism means participating in a way that benefits social media news. For example, in May of 2008, the Sichuan province in China was the epicenter of a major earthquake. “The first reported response to the quake wasn’t from a traditional news media like the news; however, it was from China’s most popular social network, “QQ,” according to the Mass Communication’s journal (M/C Journal 1). Social media was the first to break the story. Facts may…

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