This is a course blog for the classes on digital government and social media in the public sector" class taught by Professor Ines Mergel at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. The blog posts include comments and ideas from MPA, MAIR and EMPA students studying the use of new technologies in the public sector.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
"The unstoppable rise of social media as a source for news"
Nowadays social media is not only a
tool for social networking. It is rising as one of the important sources to get
information and news. According to a survey of more than 2,000 Americans by
Deloitte, young people are getting news from social media.
In total result, social media
platform doesn’t seem to be a powerful source. TV is still the most
popular news platform. But the younger age groups are tend to rely more on
social media. Especially, for the group aged 14 to 25, the rate of TV and
social media is 28% and 26% respectively. The prediction of Quartz that “if these
trends hold up, TV may soon surrender its historic position as the
dominant cultural medium in the United States” seems to come true.
(It’s GIF. The chart is changing.)
The social media is also affecting
the journalists. According to another survey conducted by ING, 45% of journalists putting out 60% to 100%
of what they publish as soon as possible – without checking facts – and correct
later if necessary. And the rise of the social media is expected to foster this
trend. As more and more journalists are gathering information from social
media, they will do more crowd-checking rather than fact-checking.
One of the
concerns from these two trends is that young people may be easily affected by
unreliable source on social media. Due to its flexible and efficient format, people
feel easier to express their opinions or post the things whether it is correct or not on social media. And by just clicking like or retweet, the news will be spread
young folks, doubt before you retweet. And journalists, check twice before you