Wednesday, 8 February 2012

"Do you believe that social media has 

increased the quality of news and information 

or decreased it?"

      Yes, I feel that social media has increased the quality of news and information, but there are two sides to this question. We can see how it has changed over the years. We have gone from reading news papers, watching T.V, and listening to the radio. But now in today's society majority of the world is now using social media as a their new source of news and information. Many people are frequently on the computer or on their phone, this makes it more easier for them to access the world news through social media sites. If we use Twitter for example and there had been an event which had occurred around the world, it would be tweeted instantly. If social media had not existed we would have to wait until the event will broadcast through the news. For example, just by logging on to your computer, you are able to research the news of the day. This helps people have a quicker access to the news. 

     We can say that social media has increased the quality of news and information only if it is coming from a trustworthy source. News that is being posted through social media sites is often coming from an unknown source. This could mean that the quality of news could have been altered in some way. People who are sharing the news and information may fail to report the whole story, and will only include what they think is most relevant. On the other hand when watching news on T.V or reading the news paper we can be certain that the information is coming from a valid and reliable source. 

     Overall we can see that social media has increased and decreased the quality of news and information. People who use social media to post news and information may sometimes alter the truth, but others may report the real story. 

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