Social media is one of the fastest and easiest ways for people to communicate with others from anywhere in the world – since at the click of a button you can instantly message anyone which would not be possible if social media did not exist today.
Social media has proved itself to be such an important tool for journalists, especially with the use of Twitter – since they are able to communicate with a large audience of people to discuss the recent news stories with. Jenkins as cited in (Fuchs, 2014) describes social media as a ‘participatory culture’ since it allows the public to be involved in the discussion of certain topics that interest them with other people who also feel the same way. This allows people to be creative and expressive in a discussion of topics that they all have a connection to. Jenkins further says that participatory culture brings about social connection, which means that people involved in the conversation start to care about what the others think about the content. These were some important ideas that were also conveyed in week ten’s lecture.
I definitely use social media websites such as Facebook to engage with others about social issues that catch my interest, this is done by the use of ‘sharing’ news articles and ideas, which then appear on all my friend’s home pages. During this week’s lecture, the lecturer urged us all to be active on Twitter because it is one of the most influential social media websites for social discussion and participation. As a journalist, I will aim to make the most out of the social benefits social media.