Social Media editors from leading news organizations including: Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times, CBS Sports and NBC gathered recently to discuss the expanding role of social media in their organizations.
One of the panelists said that news of Whitney Houston’s death was broken by someone on Twitter, but because that person had only 200 ‘followers’ they weren’t taken seriously. Several mentioned tweets that can get people fired.
Commentary: Twitter is making tech-driven editors and journalists rigid — while drowning in the ‘stream’ — and less capable of thinking well for themselves. The number of educated young people who support the Arab Spring is testimony to that. Social Media mavens and Arab Spring advocates are targeting ‘tradition’ and affirming lawlessness under the guise of ‘freedom’ — which ultimately will result in new forms of tyranny and misery.
Photograph: Stephen Wise