Porcelain Princess On Citizen Journalism

Since social media has become so popular and widespread each of us was given a new voice, a voice we may not have been given if it weren’t for social media and the internet. Things like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and blogging gives each and everyone of us the tools and power to spread our views and opinions amongst anyone willing to listen. Brund and Highfield refer to this as the “cult of the amateur” in the article Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. Although they may be correct in saying that people who express views and opinions via social media are amateurs it gives us a voice, and the knowledge to eventually not be an amateur, it gives each of us the potential to become a professional.

I feel as though the question of whether or not these opportunities encourage us to participate or not leads back to a previous blog of mine about consumer and produsers. I feel as though to me personally it would encourage me to participate; but that is because I feel I have stepped away from solely being a consumer to becoming both a consumer and produser. Click here to find out more about produsers and consumers in my previous blog.

In reading titled Reinventing participation: civic agency and the web environment, Dahlgren gives an explanation as to why it is encouraging participation is citizen journalism. Dahlgren states, “The tools are more and more effective, less expensive and easier to use; access and collaboration are increasing and we are evolving from mostly media consumers to many media producers.” (Dahlgren, 2012). Which is exactly what I had stated above. In my opinion it really comes down to the individual. But if the individual we are speaking about is naturally a produser OR could be swayed to become a produser then the emergence of social media has definitely encourage me to participate more. Take me personally as an example of this; before social media I was strictly a consumer, but now I find myself participating a lot more.

In the article titled The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy it talked about different uses for the web in reference to politics. A few examples being Bush and Gore used the web to make sites which called “e-buttals”, how the internet was used for pre-voting of elections. These are both examples of citizen participation, which could lead to journalism.

Through all the readings in the articles there was a strong correlation or connection to the idea of social activism or citizen journalism to democracy. If we didn’t live in a democratic society we would not be able to participate equally. Since I live in Canada and we live in a democratic society social media has encourage me to participate. But if I lived in other parts of the world without a democratic society then I probably wouldn’t participate in citizen journalism since participation would be restricted.

For the short and simple answer Yes, the emergence of new opportunities such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and blogging I am able and encouraged to participate more directly with citizen journalism!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy, Until Next Time.

XoXo

References:

Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn. Introduction: The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy. in Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn eds. (2003). Democracy and New Media. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. p1-17.

Dahlgren, P. (2012). Reinventing participation: civic agency and the web environment. Geopolitics, History, and International Relations. 4.2, p27.

Bruns, A. & T. Highfield. (2012). Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. pre-publication draft on personal site [Snurb.info]. Published in: Lind, R. A. ed. (2012). Produsing Theory in a Digital World: The Intersection of Audiences and Production. New York: Peter Lang. p15-32.

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2 thoughts on “Porcelain Princess On Citizen Journalism

  1. WAHOOO! Last blog comment you’ll see from me, saddening and happy at the same time eh?
    Great blog, you made some great points with examples,
    The one thing I’m going to disagree on is when you say that social media helps us move from amateurs to professionals .. not sure in which sense that you mean we become professional … in terms of because professional journalists, I dont think that’s the case .. if you look at The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy, they talk about how journalism has always been based around validity and finding the truth… but now because of all these social media sites, the information that can be produced/shared isn’t always based on validity or any real knowledge at all .. not to say everyone that posts on social media doesn’t post valuable information or creditable information, but I find more times than none, not everyone looks into seeing if what they’re about to re-post is accurate or not, it’s just interesting. Like I said in my blog, I feel bad for people who have spent years in the Journalism sector in school, because I personally feel as though the real title of “journalist” has deminished with the wide-spread social media!
    Though I do agree that since the emergence of social media, i too have moved from just consumer to produser, especially with the help of this class, I’ve done more over the last 2 months than I have before, and to be honest it’s kind of fun getting into this online realm of produsing! And also these social media sites are benefincial for citizen journalism, but for the stream of “actual” journalism I think it’s hurting the profession journalists.. but with every new thing that comes to light there’s always positives and negatives and some people flourish and others get negatively affected!
    Always in a love hate relationship with the new technologies the WWW brings us, ahh!

    Good work, loved your blogs!
    All the best
    MarMar xo

  2. Congratulations on your last initial blog!
    I have a question about your comment on changing from a consumer only to a consumer/producer. Do you think that taking this course has openned your eyes to the marvelous world of citizen journalism? The reason I ask is because previous to this I was unaware of what was available, how to blog or tweet (me being a little older) and how to podcast etc. Not everyone takes social media courses and unless you know someone who is up on all this, one would not be aware of the possibilities of citizen journalism. They also would not be aware of the verification, after all, everything on the internet is true, right? Mar made a great point about two political candidates debating over a bill that was passed only to find out it was a hoax, and they are 2 educated people with staff to verify, so they don’t look sill in their debate. So for simple people uneducated on citizen journalism, everything seems true.
    Great Blog
    K

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