New media in the new age
MANILA, Philippines – Conversations with faceless strangers from different parts of the world. Instant celebrity status through viral video and memes. This very article you’re reading right now. What do these 3 have in common? All of them are powered by new media.
With developments in software and hardware technology, the period referred to as the “advent” of digital communication has perhaps reached its peak. New media has found its way into the daily lives of the people who consume it.
So much so that new media has descended on, arguably, the “oldest” form of media known to man – journalism. Not only are people now reading news websites instead of the daily paper, even media practitioners themselves are publishing their articles online.
“New media, especially social media, makes journalism more participative and democratic,” said blogger and journalist Tonyo Cruz, one of the organizers of Social Media Day Philippines. “There are no more captive audiences. We get instant reactions right ahead.”
Cruz added that the digital environment empowers the ordinary citizen to share his or her own version of the news. According to him, the Internet makes it possible for anyone to be a journalist, or a columnist even, thus breaking the “monopoly of information” that was once prevalent.
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