The world has evolved from regularly buying your newspaper from outlets around the corner, turning on your radio or television to listen to the news because it has all moved online. All the old routines have been lost and absorbed into the internet, this can even be classified for how people now buy and look for their news.
Media has changed into mere conversations, opinions and mass broadcasting. As Roland Barthes states, ‘text is a tissue of quotations.’ The way we find our media has now been focused on looking at our social media networks such as Twitter or Facebook and other articles online. However the difference in this age is that more people have the ability to become the ‘Prosumers’ rather than just the ‘Consumers.’
An example being Reddit, it contains so many forums and bloggers that the instant they gather information it’s already posted online. This is the impact from ‘Gatewatchers’ that release short, early information that is distributed over and over again. This is the problem for journalists and reporters where they must fight for their work to be seen instead of publishing their work everywhere.
Axel Bruns: ‘Relies less on first hand investigative research and the ability to compose succinct news stories, and more on information search and retrieval skills especially in online environments.’
The key to understand the mass flow of information is that it becomes the ‘bridge of pebbles’ where you can trust the information. When seeing a large amount of content spark interests you would see so much information that backs up one after the other leading it to not be false, rumoured or even worthless.
Bruns, A 2009, News Blogs and Citizen Journalism: New Directions For e-journalism, EJournalism: New Directions in Electronic News Media, New Delhi, BR Publishing, pp. 01-20.
Mitew, T 2014, Bridges Made of Pebbles: Social Media and the Rise of Gatewatchers [part 1], online video, YouTube, viewed 19 September 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1wlVOQA8y8&index=28&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j
Mitew, T 2014, Bridges Made of Pebbles: Social Media and the Rise of Gatewatchers [part 2], online video, YouTube, viewed 19 September 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YugX5gZxNRc&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j&index=29
Mitew, T 2014, Bridges Made of Pebbles: Social Media and the Rise of Gatewatchers [part 3], online video, YouTube, viewed 19 September 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgsf8cVKWo8&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j&index=30