Don’t Blame Social Media for Ferguson’s Troubles

By reading this article, I’d like to talk about the media ethics induced by the event.The social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Weibo allow common people to share their personal life, thoughts and events happening around in a matter of seconds. There is no doubt journalism has changed. We still want to know what’s going on around us – but instead of reading the paper or watching the news on TV, we turn to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, online photos, and blogs, which are now seen as the phenomenon of citizen journalism.The first matter in new media is credibility.But citizen journalists may lack professionalism. And the real-time reporting in new media may be unreliable since due to the real-time interaction of Internet, a lot of information is published in haste or without being further verified. So Internet users may get confused and be misled by the false news that go viral on-line.

These questions have already resulted in quite a number of distrust by people towards the information disseminated via social platforms. But on the contrary,thanks to web-journalism, we can get to know what’s going on all over the world. And some citizen journalists are among the most just reporters.So I agree with the sentence in the article”Social media, like any media system, is really just a fancy description for a lot of people connected and communicating. It’s as good or bad as the people themselves are”.

So my question is, based on the current situation and problems, do we need new ethics for new media? And should social media be blamed?

Meilin Li


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