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Five reporters from radio stations in in Canada, France, Belgium, and Switzerland are going to spend five days locked in a French farmhouse with only Twitter and Facebook to get their news. It’s not a lame reality show, but an experiment looking at the quality of news from social media.

This experiment may be flawed from the start. One can almost imagine that people will purposely put out false information via Twitter and Facebook just to mess with these people (they can be followed on Twitter [updates in French]). Reporting on this story, AFP’s Marie-Dominique Follain asks if social media is really a serious threat to established media.

Is this a worthwhile experiment? Tell us what you think.

It appears that the credibility of social media as a way to get news is what is coming into question (not that this is the first time that has happened). "People tweet about fake events. Social media is rife with hoaxes," people will say. Yes, that’s true.

People do put out false information, but what seems to be overlooked is that Facebook and Twitter are just the platforms for people posting their updates. They often are accompanied by links to blogs and traditional news sources. While the group have agreed to only connect to the outside world through Facebook and Twitter, and no web surfing, they are reportedly still allowed to follow links to outside sites from these social networks. With the 140-character limit of Twitter in particular, linking out is often very necessary in getting the whole story across, or at least gaining access to that story from the reader’s perspective.

Maybe I will be proven wrong, but I don’t see any possible result coming from this experiment that indicates social media is not useful for finding news. I don’t believe social media threatens traditional media. It complements it, in a variety of ways.

@HuisClosNet

Sometimes stories break there before they are reported by a traditional source…that’s a source for that traditional channel. It could just as easily come from someone saying something in a crowded bar. If it’s newsworthy, it might be worth covering, but it might be a lie, and facts are worth checking. It’s just that with channels like Facebook and Twitter, those bars are as big as the entire world, and the patrons aren’t all there to relax, drink, and have a good time (though some of them certainly are). Some of them are there to spread news. And people know that they can get news there because of that very fact (a study last year found that news was a top priority of Twitter users).

Not all news breaks on social media (although the ever-increasing accessibility to social media through mobile seems to be greatly narrowing the margin), but social media is always there for open discussion about the news, which tends to make for a more rounded outlook on any particular event. It doesn’t eliminate the bias, but it provides a means for all biases to come together to form a more complete view of the story. Open discussion allows for points to be made that wouldn’t necessarily be made by a traditional news outlet because maybe that outlet does have some kind of bias, even if it strives not to. Some say everyone has some bias.

The fact that people do turn to social media for news emphasizes the fact that they do want a look at the whole picture, and do want to have open discussion on matters. True, some of that is pointless noise, but strewn throughout that are often important facts and otherwise unconsidered viewpoints.

So what can this experiment really prove? That you can limit yourself to social media for news sources if you want? Isn’t the point of social media (at least in the news sense) to strip away the limitations? Share your thoughts.

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  • http://www.freud-sigmund.com/ Michael

    Never!

  • http://www.webpro.in Guest

    No,

    The social networks may supplement traditional news sources but in no way can replace them.

    social networks and real time search are news discussion platforms but people always prefer unbiased news first as information and then we like to share the news and views with others , for which we need social networks.

  • http://mannystudios.com mas73

    Much like in any industry, advancement in technology helps to make things work more efficiently. Thus Facebook and Twitter have become the resources for quick sharing of news delivered directly into everyone’s own hands (ergo cell phones). I would say though, leave the true news reporting to professionals as the Twitters and Facebookers compliments the news. As their profession would dictate, news journalists research the matter at hand, while us Twitter/Facebook-heads just validate it…in a matter of speaking!

    http://twitter.com/mas73

    • http://my-lorena.net Diva Mode

      Twitter ist garade f

  • http://www.anisotropic-studios.com Tony

    My answer is no… on the contrary they (twitter/blogs/facebook etc) can if used correctly enhance exposure to news articles etc. I’m sure in a couple of years something else will be the buzz maybe replacing something like twitter. RSS is still much better than twitter in that you get the whole article within either your mobile device or in your in box without having to click through to read the whole article.

  • Rita l

    Yes I believe that the traditional newspaper will soon be in bigger trouble then they are now. I use to love to read the newspaper but now everything is online and it is free. I don’t know if it is going to remain that way but for the most part I get all the news local and around the world from the computer and most social networks are adding the news on the side. So yes one day you will be telling your great grand kids I remember when there were newspapers and books that were something you had to hold in your hands.

  • http://cypressmedia.net/internet-marketing/ Randall P. Whatley

    Social media shouldn’t be blamed for the demise of a traditional news sources. People have been turning about from traditional media and traditional news sources for two decades. Changes in interests and lifestyles caused people to stop reading daily newspapers and watching TV news broadcasts years ago. In many ways, new media like Twitter and Facebook expose more people to news stories than they have ever been exposed to. It also offers them more diverse opinions and interpretations of the news than they ever received through the traditional outlets. Granted, some of the “reporting” through social media is bad or erroneous, but I seem to recall that many times it was with traditional media, too.

  • Guest

    traditional news has always been challenged. USA Today is a great example of catering to those with a diminshing attention span. And Fox does a great job of reinforcing the bias of a significant market segment. But to imagine that the smog of opinion throught social networks as news blurs a distinction between satisfying the needs of the brain and emotion.

  • http://www.intellicate.com/blog/ Richardm

    It is a good initiative and should be commended. Issues about experimental control are their problem. It isn’t difficult to tag false information because tx always give out the same cues when they do it. We live in a misinformation age that feeds off the lazy and uncertain. Value of information correlates well with the cost expended to obtain it – but doesn’t guarantee it. If you start with free that’s OK. It’s when you don’t think and stay there it becomes your problem.

  • http://www.ytb.com/rxmhiebert R. Hiebert

    No, because people know where to get the news they can use or need. Some TV news already is polluted with so-called news that says “there has been a study…” that doesn’t tell the source or scientific facts on the news story. These are, in my opinion, designed to sway opinions and maybe even send a tip move a stock on Wall Street or the DOW.

  • Guest

    I turned of traditional media over 2 and a half years ago. It is toxic poisonous spin. Social media has the potential to bring us closer to the truth.

  • http://theinvisiblementor.com Avil Beckford

    I say that Facebook and Twitter complement the news industry, though many times I first learned about things through Twitter and Facebook.

    I have over 15 years research experience so I have questions, but first as a researcher it’s good to get your information from a variety of “trusted” places. Though nothing is perfect, some places would be universities, the government (DOL, Statcan), watchdogs to name a few, there are a lot more.

    Who are the five reporters following on Twitter? And, who are their friends on Facebook? Would they follow New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Globe an Mail, Financial Times and so on? If they think through the process and are strategic they can get some really good information. But the media outlet tweet a small percent of the news they produce. And a tweet can be only so long. So this poses a challenge.

    So I guess I would say no they cannot get all the critical information. Now wearing a different hat, I rarely read the newspaper and when I do I only read certain sections, too much negative stuff, but I seem to learn about a lot of stuff. I learned about he earthquake in Haiti from someone on Facebook and I have learned about other things on Twitter. I get the New York Times online and I read only certain sections.

    We are bombarded with information everywhere so I will likely still learn about things, but with the reporters they will not have that luxury because of the restrictions to Twitter and Facebook.

    Avil

  • http://www.zipinpolitics.com Vee

    Twitter and Facebook– labelled ‘Social Media. Based on chatter, opinions, quick thoughts.. ideas. Traditional news sources, are supposed to be based on ‘FACTS’ AND SOURCES CHECKED FOR ACCURACY.

    Surely Social Media– complements in some ways the news of the day. But at no time can it be regarded as HARD NEWS. As someone with journalism in my background I would never ever accept any source as a ‘good find’ for information. For a variety of opinions, yes! Fact checked News- -No! http://www.zipinpolitics.com www.Youtube.com P1915.

  • Guest

    Social Networks are actually a new spin on an old practice. If you think about how people got the news back in the early 15-17th centurys they relied on people telling people. It was a way to keep up the daily and weekly news. Sure there was wars and many other things going on just like today. Those people relied on a social network. It is the same thing with the town crier in the 1700′s when this country was just developing. If Ben Franklin didn’t print a 1-4 page newspaper on a weekly basis people would have gotten the news in a different way. The pony express not only delivered mail but news too.

    So the answer to the question, “Does social networks pose a threat to traditional news sources?” my answer is no. It only enhances the news.

    • http://www.theimpactimage.com/ Impact Image

      Social Networks by themselves are not able to replace traditional news sources; not with the current structure. They are just that – Social-Networks. These are individuals communicating/commenting and propagating news as they have seen/received from a traditional news sources.
      Now the argument can be made that under a different structure of Social Networks where there is a system in place to check for accuracy, and to filter facts vs. fiction or propaganda generated to drive an agenda (usually for marketing purposes…aka. publicity stunt), there may be the propensity to be a threat to traditional news sources.
      One such instance has actually been created by Traditional news source – CNN, through the iReport program – brilliant ..see it here http://www.ireport.com/
      This is a structured form of social network where News originates from a non traditional source, but the the “Big Brother” has to structure it!
      Up until there is more of this implemented in the Social Networks, Traditional News will always be the dependable source, and Social Networks the loyal sidekick to propagate, enhance and distribute news. Even if a piece of news originates in the social networks, it will still have to go through a traditional news source for validation before the mass public can accept it.
      (Comments by James for Impact Image… http://www.theimpactimage.com/ WEB, PRINT, MARKET)

      • Rick

        Sadly too many of the long standing and traditional news media is biased by the money … then to consider the social networks can only add to confusion and added misinformation. Whether it’s due to laziness or extreme utterances and or personal bias without fact … we only have to look at ‘snopes’ to see how we all can have the tendency to propagandize misinformation and downright lies!

        It has been said that if we don’t stand for something we will fall for anything … When we stand for something I pray it is because of two things. First we know who we are and next we have become involved to know know what are the facts rather than rumors and innuendos !

    • http://www.hybridgolfreviews.com Robert Stewart

      I think these are great social mediums and people need to get a handle on how to use them and sort through whats true or not but for the most part these are just information avenues that compliment other news sources. I use both networks as social bookmarking and links for all of my websites.

  • http://www.dealscope.info Guest

    anyone who trusts the news coming from twitter or facebook is crazy, then again so is someone who trusts the news from fox… ZING!

  • Nancy Heltman

    No but they sure spread it around better. The news still has to come from somewhere other than the folks participating in social media so there needs to be that underlying structure. But I have been exposed to far more news on a greater variety of topics through social media than I ever would have with just my local paper and maybe even one national or large regional paper. Truth is even though I’m of the age of folks that still read the paper I have never enjoyed the actual act of reading it – your hands get dirty, it’s large and awkward, you read a paragraph in one place and have to go searching for the rest of it. The convenience of the electronic versions is a great appeal.

  • Guest

    If you know the authors are conscientious and socially responsible then, yes, social media like Facebook and Twitter can be a viable alternative and/or compliment to mainstream media. These folks can spread the word in ways that mainstream media can’t, raise awareness and keep it there long after the mainstream headlines have faded away.

    • http://www.gapcomputerserviceslimited.webs.com gerard perreira

      I agree with the above comments

  • http://officialsafetyandsecurity.com Official Safety and Security

    We all have seen how social media was used to get the news out when a tyranical government hindered the mainstream media so I think it certainly complements it and in extreme cases can be instrumental in letting the world know what’s really happening. I typically use social media to get the news out about my safety and security web site but those in the news business should avail themselves of this great platform. Thanks, Chris

  • http://blogitright.co.uk Adam Berry

    I think it will be a worthwhile experiment because when something happens around the world someone has to see it first before a reporter so in essence we are all our own journalists. It will be interesting to see the results.

  • http://adrianeden.com Adrian Eden

    They already are sources of news from the people that are experiencing the events.

    The hyper local news market will explode on Facebook and Twitter, or leveraging them with their API.

    I’m predicting the next big thing will be Facebook empowered hyper local news generated by users and filtered with a complex algorithm to ensure accuracy.

  • Wayne Beeman

    How soes the statement go? “WHEN A COW FLIES” The problem is that any knucklehead can post just about anything he wants. Validity is a universal need for acceptance of any news source. The crap, rumors, and the posting of photos without the subject in the photos permission within social networks, is merely the tip of the iceburg.
    There is another saying from many years ago, “Those who write on shit house walls, roll their shit into little balls. Those whom read those rhymes of wit, should be made to eat those balls of shit”.

    Pretty well sums up the quality of mis-information that is passed thousands of times a day.
    NO social sites and networks can do many things to draw attention to people desiring attention, but to replace quality news agencies, they would have to make a major investment into glue to fasten the mechanical wings to that cow!

  • Guest

    *laugh* Ok so the worry is Social Media threatens the validity of the News Industry. The problem here is who says the News Industry is interested in report the real new anyways? They just report the news through THEIR views, be it the truth or not. So it isn’t about the validity of the news being reported but rather who’s point of view the readers/views wishes to believe. Personally, I’d find more truth in people rather than the so called industry where they have something to loose.

  • Don

    If you spelt complement correctly I might take part in the debate.

    • Guest

      I’m sure your superior and spell-checked opinion won’t be missed! ~:oP

  • Shop

    Where time runs away?

    Nowadays people there is a problem, as “no time”. What has become of our time? We get up in the morning, rush to work, running around the shops, dry cleaners. In the evening we return home exhausted and fall into bed to rest. Fall asleep, begins a new day and start all over again. Why people never go anywhere do not have time? Why are many items that we need to do and so little that we want to do? We were born to this world to enjoy every moment, enjoy life, but instead to wander in the dark everyday life. So goes the day, week, month. Do not have time to look back, as the years passed, and happy memories so little.
    But each of us is a genius and we are able to get out of each situation. Let us well to reflect and make their world a bright and joyful!
    In each of us begins the morning the same: wake up, wash and have breakfast. Then someone runs to work, someone in school or university, the other is engaged in housekeeping. All different, but all for their needs to shop. One is to their liking, but other people, having free time, want to relax, walk the forest, park or beach, spend time with family and friends. In doing so, we can help the Internet, specifically sites necessary for our goods and services. You can use the search Google, Yahoo or others, or for example a site http://www.shop-house-online.com/, who only recently been launched and all the will be updated. On this website all the goods are in a certain tab, and you just click on the picture, and appears necessary for you site. Come to the correct site, find a product or service, buy it, agree on delivery and this yours, a long walk to the shops ended.
    Accordingly, you have more time to see a way for you people! If we try, we can be happy in everyday life!

    http://www.shop-house-online.com/

  • http://medianowonline.com/news Yusuf kirmani

    I don’t see any direct threat to news industry from Twitter and Facebook. Yes, it is true that most of the people are using social media a tool for their fake events, fraud activities and other business. If Twitter and Facebook want to survive in this industry they to draw their own guidelines, otherwise after sometime they will vanished.

  • Walter H

    LOL, the ‘NEWS INDUSTRY’ only has to look within to find out why they are being challenged by social networks. When I prominent news anchor went on air and stated, ‘Even if my information was faked, it doesn’t make the story any less true’ OR have people news industries talking about how people are raping and killing children in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when it never happened. Or even how the ‘unbiased’ media showed their true colors choosing Hilary Clinton over Obama all teh way up until he won the DNC ticket, then they switched sides. Now, the NEWS media is not dead yet, but they sure aren’t making it hard for Twitter or FACEBOOK, are they?

  • Guest

    HEAVEN FORBID! If these sound bites taken from real (actual) news stories are in any way anything other than a way to share certain interests, than the news media is just too lazy to step up.

  • Stella

    The social networking sites have proved at least to me that it will get people, especially specific age groups 15 to 20 year olds more interested in some news topics. I’ve posted a few recent news stories on various topics and have been amazed at the responses.
    On the other hand, unfortunately, there are some lowlifes out there that will use these sites for their own agenda and there is absolutely nothing that can stop this.
    Maybe its time some “experts” in certain fields started taking more notice of sites like Facebook and Twitter and in doing so would have a better understanding on HOW kids think.

  • http://everythingbutthehorse.net Guest

    With the development of these abbreviated news links, we can see that in the near future we will have a greater choice in how we receive our news. Peruse and decide what we wish more detail on, rather than the traditional news given to us by networks and papers. these social media open up greater choice on topics of personal interest.

  • http://behavioursolutions.blogspot.com/ Guest

    As technology improves and progresses we see the increase gap between the generations. From the days of getting the kids to program the VCR, we now maintain contact with each other through social media.
    The older generation most still struggling with the move from analogue to digital technology, the recent social media is all to confusing. In the immediate future the older generations will maintain their need to resource news through traditional sources such as radio, tv and paper. As the social media technologies develop we will see alternative developments in the manner we obtain and resource our news and it is evident that choice is as prime importance to the present generation.

  • http://itsabs.com Sr Flash

    Social media is a simple way to vent and compliment news. There is a lot of interesting information and opinions being exchanged through social networks. Knowledge sharing is abundant yet it must be taken with a grain of salt and some amount of discretion. That can never replace traditional, more reliable news sources that must meet strictly controlled high standards.

  • http://www.neutrinobomb.com Guest

    Facebook, Twitter etc are just passing fads and will soon vanish. Already folks are sick of them. These social networks will never replace real news.

  • http://www.tpjaveton.com Tony

    Social networks like facebook and twitter can certainly get news headlines to members more speedily, but the rest of the story will have have to be provided by traditional news sources. When you measure the social networks against traditional news sources like CNN, BBC or the New York Times it is somewhat difficult to envision social networks replacing traditional news sources, so I don’t believe Social will replace Traditional for news stories anytime in the near future.

    A headline? Great! The story? Not yet! May be by the next decade. Please take a look at ‘A farewell to a Decade’ article at my Web Connections website. There are several headlines from the last decade but the stories are located at a different place. Thanks

    TP-

  • http://www.security-cameras-cctv.com Security Camera System

    I highly doubt that social networking sites will take over traditional news sources. If you do get any news from facebook or twitter, it’s usually a link to an independent news source. Social networking sites are mainly to socialize with your friends, spread awareness about different causes and post interesting links.

    Plus there are noteworthy journalists and reporters working for traditional news sources who have spent their entire lives publishing credible reports. I don’t think there is any threat to them from social networking sites because you can only gain credibility and reliability reporting from a respected news source.

  • http://www.writingasaghost.services.officelive.com Denise Rutledge

    Twitter is the source of leads, not the whole story. It’s like having a world-wide police blotter at your disposal without having to hang out at the police station. And just like rumors you hear on the street, some leads are dead and some are good. This experiment will demonstrate that.

  • http://www.metrocrete.com EJW

    That’s a wide open topic! What is quality news? Is there such a thing? Traditional News Media sells information that brings in advertising revenue. That doesn’t mean it’s quality or true. Twitter and Facebook are perceived as trustworthy and credible. So are WSJ and NYT. Twitter seems more credible because they are not motivated by profits since they don’t have any.

    Interesting topic you pose but I think it needs to be more specific.

  • http://www.pondlady.com Guest

    As long as no one knows the difference between compliment and complement, the news has nothing to worry about.

    • Chris Crum

      My mistake indeed, but in all fairness, I’ve seen similar mistakes from mainstream media sources in the past on quite a few occasions.

  • Zahpile

    more info needed.

  • SH70

    NO it doesnt. Twitter is for teenage girls to track their favourite movie star/singer and give them something to talk about. Nothing more…

  • http://www.cluey.com.au copywriter

    I just can’t see how online gossip or less than informed commentary could ever replace quality journalism.

  • http://www.riverbanksoutdoorstore.com Adventurous Barbara

    Yes…but not completely. I am already using Facebook to follow the agencies I need updates from on my industry. I am an outdoors retailer specialining in Electronics for hiking, hunting etc…..and I could probabley get the the daily news from local News Channels as using Facebook and twitter is becoming a standard now in the all information industries.

  • http://www.lexolutionit.com Maneet Puri

    Facebook and Twitter can not really REPLACE the traditional news systems. One should not forget that all the stories that are shared and reported on social media networks originate from the websites of the News industry.

  • Ron Brown video news guy AVNN

    Social networks and sites Are what they Are, an excellant SOCIAL gathering place to have fun and communicate. Privacy is becomming a vast concern for many over the internet and especially on social sites. A lot of CAUTION should and will be put in place in the future on all social sites. What the future brings on the internet is like sleeping and waking up in the morning to a new day…what we make of the new day’s information can change the World in an instant. With sites, information, videos, news…going viral everyday…who can predict tomorrow, next week….next year….IT ALL IS A WAIT AND SEE WORLD…Have fun with what we’ve got and help anyone you can…whenever you can….everyone knows we all need alot of help right now! Let’s all stick together and fight this economy to bring the USA back up to a respected country in the World community….Help each other when we can….

  • http://www.totallyannoying.com Guest

    How could anyone rely on or trust anything on twitter or facebook as ‘news’.. You have no idea who is behind the post.. Anyone can create any number of accounts anonymously and pretty much post whatever the heck they want.. At least with the news industry you know the source and you know they are pretty much reliable and have done their research. Twitter any more is just becoming a big mess of spam and advertising driven by hundreds of automated tools and websites that make automated tweets and follows. And we wonder why not a day goes by without ‘Fail Whale’ or ‘Something is technically wrong..’

    • Guest

      How could anyone rely on the actual news stations as being truthful. They are more full of ^&%% then facebook thats for sure. I don’t believe they are implying people’s status’ as sources for news. Im sure they would add some sort of app that would take no time to download, and bam, you have news….fact is, it will probly be from the same source. So regardless of whether or not you believe it is reliable….the current news teams ..both right and left wing…distort stories and display them to they’re liking to make people watch their network..If it is on facebook..I wouldn’t see any need or want to throw garbage on there and call it news.

      Sure, check you’re resources; and research…great. That just gives them more opportunities to distort the truth to make the news “more interesting” so people will pay attention and in most cases, bring it up in a face to face conversation. Facebook or any news source is not 100 % reliable..so why not give er a try. I’d like to see how that would work. This goes for not only television networks..but newspapers as well. ALL news posted on facebook are links..directed to sites that actually COVERED the story, where all the “facts” are revealed and what not. Regardless…news and other sources can’t be trusted..but rather to compare other sources and judge which network or who is giving accurate information….blah blah blah.

      Aside from that..Local newspapers are struggling, due to the fact that they can’t sell anything on they’re classifieds sections. Its all internet now, whether it be Kijiji, ebay, or whatever. Finding jobs, buying things…all over the internet….and it will only take time for other broadcasting networks to fall short as well, once they are covering stories people have already indicated prior to they’re distorted point of view…this will be an interesting turn out to say the least.

  • http://www.boxpodcommercialproperty.co.uk commercial property

    I think they will find this a total waste of time!

    Occasionally you may be lucky and get the low down of something first hand before it gets to the media – however like you mention most people will make false statements or will have a story with bits added or left out making the details out of context.

    • http://wakeupromania.net Lari

      Facebook it is good, I use it as private person. From business point of view… hm.. for me it has absolutely no use.
      Tweeter is the most stupid website I have ever seen. I registered there, they try to access my gmail and yahoo account and finally they ask me “what’s ON now?”
      So, I have to give my contacts, access to my personal emails and then, I must to fill in their website with my articles. And on top I should to tell to all my friend to go there …and they will collect more email addresses and details… This is the bigger spamming system I have ever seen. I think this is too much.
      I am really curios if you will publish this one. It is the second and it seems this is not what you wish to have.

      Lari

  • http://www.sturgisrally.mobi Tommy Brown

    I think it is a great Idea. Who ever thought up this idea was a Genius. Give then a raise in salary

  • Jeffrey Hastings

    Darn! I was going to point out that COMPLEMENT would be the proper word, but was beaten to the punch. Anyway: I do think that, at best, Twitter complements trad news media, but shouldn’t be seen as a threat to it–unless journalism is allowed to slide a few more levels down the suckiness scale…

    The typical relationship betwenn new and trad media played out during the Haiti earthquake. When I jumped to Twitter for info during the first few hours following the quake when few images were available to traditional news media, I found quake pictures on Twitter. I then promptly discovered they were fakes. Though some important tweets did eventually come out of the crisis, most of it was just noise, and I wound up following coverage on CNN and other outlets.

    Speaking of CNN, Rick Sanchez is a bit Twitter crazy, if you ask me. Shallowness gets old really fast and, if you’ve ever watched CNNs crawl of tweets during a telecast, you’ll notice how shallow and crass most are. Ironically, lots of them seem to originate from CNN haters.

    • Chris Crum

      Thank you to and everyone who pointed out my misuse of compliment/complement. Without a social element (such as a comments section) we would’ve had to take that headline for fact.

  • Paul

    The biggest threat to traditional media is traditional media.

    Social media can certainly threaten today’s typical sloppy journalism and biased opinion pieces passed off as “news items”, if only by being no worse than they are now.

    If traditional media had held itself to decent standards and objectivity instead of rushing out the story, pumping up the sensationalism and coddling its corporate paymasters, social media would be just another untrusted source to be investigated by a competent journalist.

    It didn’t, so either you believe everything you see on the news and almost certainly get misled, or you distrust everything and do your own investigation anyway. Under those circumstances, social media are just as reliable.

    Traditional media as untrusted sources for news bloggers/tweeters doing actual investigative journalism? It could happen, if traditional media’s standards fall far enough and ordinary people who care step in to fill the gap. Or it could all devolve into a set of huge echo chambers and real news reporting will be finished for good in any media.

  • http://www.motivational-radio.com Lisa lomas

    Twitter and facebook are not nessacarily about news, however if a group does wish to proceed this way they can. However most of their information is off the net, so the news groups should be aware of this also. I notice this has meant that news is going online, which means Social Services like twitter & facebook actually give them value and set them up as an expert………if they use it.
    Twitter & Facebook is about Social Proof, its more hearing what real people think. I do not see this as a cross but merely another way for them to expand their expertise.

  • http://www.blitzpenny.com Penny Bid Auctions

    I think social media sites can not replace the news media. rather they are getting popular day by day only through this medium but still they it may take a long time in replacement. I will certainly give full marks to the news media as they are loyal to us while these sites may cause spreading rumors and thus may cause a huge misunderstanding.