As I was going through the New York Times website this morning I came across an article titled “Is It WWIII or Just Twitter?”
Maureen Dowd, the author of the article, describes a tragic seen, vividly, in which a drone lands in the middle of a wedding and kills innocent people. Then she quotes what President Obama stated after the ISIS brutal beheading of two American journalists: “the truth of the matter is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.”
Dowd goes on and quotes what, the president of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Terry McCarthy, said about the President’s remarks: “Whether or not James Foley’s brutal beheading was shown on YouTube or disseminated on Twitter doesn’t affect the horror of what was done, and in another era, it would have been just as shocking, even if reported only on network TV or radio or in a newspaper.”
Although I do agree with the fact that social media and their millions of users do magnify everything that happens in the world with the endless possibilities of commenting, sharing, and creating content- that does not justify the catastrophic events that have occurred lately.
Participatory Journalism provides people (formerly the audience) with a magnificent tool that allows them to express their opinions and also receive feedback about it. I believe that what is happening now with the situation that Mr. Obama talked about is that by finding out easily and faster about things happening in different parts of the world, citizens are holding governments more accountable and are pressuring them to “do what they have to do” more than before. What do you guys think?