Social Media Essay

Social Media is now giving a voice to eyewitnesses and citizen journalists. Think about the clips you’ve seen on Youtube including the Train Racist and the LA Police Shooting of the homeless man.

How would we have discovered this sort of news before camera phones, Twitter and Facebook? How might this impact upon the reporting of facts. Does it also cast some doubt upon the way in which the law is enforced?

It also begins to show the ugly side of discrimination and how minorities or the underclass in each country is treated. Previously we had very little access to this information and our world view could more easily be restricted to what the media and governments encouraged us to believe.

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