Hey bloggers! Let’s talk about the new and upcoming opportunities for citizen journalism and/or social activism through social media. The internet has drastically altered through the years, including an increase of users and more options and opportunities. The internet offers a countless number of websites that help peers contact with others, watch TV shows and movies, listen to music, do online banking and shopping, read articles, play games and the list goes on!
I read an article called The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy written by Henry Jenkins and David Thorburn. It is about the elections in 2000 and how Americans were able to vote online. This was a new voting strategy and 64 percent of the voters used online voting. Jenkins and Thorburn state that the World Wide Web is already a powerful influence on many aspects of American political life. This is true, because now we are able to proceed with political movement’s right in our very own home. This was a step in upgrading the level of efficiency on the internet through peer media.
An article named Blogs, Twitter, and Breaking News: The Produsage of Citizen Journalism by Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield, highlight a possible issue in citizen journalism. Bruns and Highfield state that clear structural boundaries between the Web sites of news organizations and the blogs and collaborative spaces of citizen journalism enabled the maintenance of an “us vs. them” attitude that manifested in a series of often highly acrimonious “blog wars”. This is possible. People get competitive and like to state their own opinion, which is completely normal and allowed. Now that is a known, there are certain limits so these “blog wars” do not occur.
The article, Reinventing Participation: Civic Agency and the web Environment written by Peter Dahlgren, points out the changes in social media. Dahlgren talks about the constant and dramatic transformation of the newer electronic media and their affordance. He declares that in more recent years, the net and its ancillary technologies, such as mobile phones and the platforms for social media, have further extended this transformation. Not only are we capable of using social media through our laptops and computers but we now have smartphones that access the internet as well! The kinds of changes that Dahlgren explains are occurring now more than ever! Social media is blowing up and is now an essential part of everyday life.
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. NOTE: this link takes you to the entire book (online). You only need to read the introduction.
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.