Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Social media's effect on the quality of news being produced
I believe that social media has decreased the quality of news that we recieve. If we look at how social media is available to everyone and allows everyone to express their own thoughts and opinions, then we begin to see how this may affect the quality of news and information. For example, wikipedia allows users to make pages of information on topics that may or may not be reliable. If you visit a site that claims to have truthful and reliable information then you are taking a risk. The same could be said about news on television, except for the fact that not just anybody can write and report on stories for CNN. I believe that social media has increased the amount of news and information that we can acquire but has decreased the quality in the news and information that we can obtain online. I think that quality is much more important than quantity, so when I go online to look for information I make sure that I double check with multiple sources to see if I uncover similar information. This of course is still not a full proof way to find authenticity on some of these internet sites, but it's a start. Fortunatley some sites online are reliable sources for information and news, but these sites are usually already recognized in the mainstream media as legitimate and reliable such as CNN, CBCand Most newspapers.