Information Influx

The internet has allowed people like you and me to access any type of information at any given time. Living in the “Information Age” a person can do stuff such as looking up a recipe to bake online, learning how to play the trumpet, and even befriend people virtually by playing multiplayer games online at 3 in the morning.

With the advancements of technology, anyone can report news or be considered a journalist. Anyone can speak their mind in a blog and get famous (some even make money with the help of advertisement). Bloggers, like Perez Hilton, have been successful in getting a large fan base, thus resulting in world-wide recognition. This allows people to publicize whatever they want!

What does this mean? Because of technology, we’re able to send information in a blink of an eye! We can learn about certain news before it’s published! For example, I was looking at Facebook and I saw a friend post the news of North Korea’s bombing on South Korea before Yahoo! and CNN had updated their website. Social media allows anyone to post anything at anytime. Isn’t that crazy?

With the information going all over in such a fast pace, it has definitely started to change our society and how we live. Some have argued that technology has allowed us to become advance in our way of living. Others have argued that we’re relying on technology so much that it’s making us stupid. Will all this information influx change our lives for the better or for the worse? Post your thoughts!

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7 Responses to Information Influx

  1. victoriarobillard88 says:

    Do you think that citizen journalism dilutes authenticity of information? That’s one of my biggest fears with this type of access to information along with the possibility of misinformation going viral and causing hysteria. Do you see this as a possible problem?

    • justinemrsich says:

      I really liked your question…here are my thoughts.
      Does it dilute authenticity on information? – I personally do not think so, since it will be a news story that will be on the 6 p.m. news anyway. Now, if the story does not make it on the 6 p.m. news, it does not mean that it is not news; it can be important to a local area or a group of people.

      As for misinformation going viral, that is possible, but that is where news literacy comes up. Check out my story on here about it…
      https://comm334.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/literacy-a-look-at-2-different-worlds/

      I also think that information will only be going viral if it truly is valid news, otherwise it’s momentum will die off quickly.

    • randybcho says:

      Thought provoking, indeed. Personally, I think citizen journalism doesn’t have credibility in delivering accuracy, which dilutes authenticity of information. However with the advances of social media, it seems that citizen journalism is the fastest way to get information. I think this is a problem we face today especially with tabloids. We just have to live with it!

  2. rachel1892 says:

    This is definitely the saturation age. The media covers way too much non-news than real news. It is crazy that news can be known instantly. I do think that society is relying on technology way too much. Last night I watched the booked turned movie called The Road, and was completely amazed with how humans cannot survive without the use of technology and pre-packaged genetically modified foods. It will be hard to ever go back to not using the internet after all the progression that has been made within media.

  3. vvega89 says:

    Do to the lack of credibility provided by citizen journalist their news is perceived as opinion instead of news. If the began to use the right methods and factual information it would seem less like saturation and people would be able to them seriously.

  4. jnguyen115 says:

    I think the idea of citizen journalism is great, however, it is true that it can’t be 100% trusted. People who post stories on the internet, such as those on Facebook, don’t fact-check. They don’t double check their sources, and usually don’t even read twice to make sure their information is accurate. They can re-tell a story how they see it, allowing their entire friend base to read their post and believe what they say. Although citizen journalism will increase with the advancement of technology, it should always be taken with a grain of salt.

    • kacieyoshidajournalism says:

      True, but to tell you the truth, I hardly ever believe what I read. There is always room for human error–even at great newspapers like the New York Times, articles can be false.

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