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New Media in 2010

Posted on January 11, 2010. Filed under: media, Twitter |

While journalists’ use of social and new media is now little more than standard, it is interesting to remember that at the beginning of last century, even email was  relatively cutting edge.

Can we predict how the media will change this decade or have we already seen the most significant changes?

According to Jeff Jarvis 2010 will be the year that new media finally eclipses the old.

Journalism.co.uk asked some of the experts in the field for their predictions on how new media will change in 2010. While Gary Hayes has made a useful widget with a similar theme.

These are probably some of the more significant events in the growth of social and new media over the last decade:

  • The growth of mobile phones as cameras. In 2003 the media published some of the first pictures taken on mobile phones submitted by the public at the mass anti-Iraq war demonstrations. In 2004, some of the most vivid and haunting images of the devastating 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami were taken on mobile phone cameras and in 2005 pictures eye-witness photographs of the London bombings were captured with the same tool. With almost all mobiles now equipped with cameras a large number of the world’s population is a possible citizen journalist.
  • Facebook – launched in 2006 by then Havard student Mark Zuckerberg, it now has more than 350 million worldwide users and has been the subject of more than a little controversy. Recently a Dutch media group has launched a social media suicide application to allow people to ride themselves of their parasitic addictions and young people are being increasingly warned of the potential dangers of social media. Zuckerberg spoke to the people at Mashable about his site and privacy.
  • Twitter – launched in 2006 and now has over 44 million users, with favourite twitters from celebrities to presidents and certain Prime Minister’s wives. The micro-blogging tool is now considered a must for many businesses, journalists and politicos.

How do you think the media will change this year?

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The Rise of Twitter

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: media, Twitter |

While just 14 per cent of the general population are regular Twitterers, the collective speed and force of their tweets has proved more powerful than established media in recent weeks. It was the Twitterati that launched an all out attack on Jan Moir’s distasteful article on the death of Stephen Gately and helped the Guardian trump the ‘super injunction’ and bring Triafagura’s deceit to light.

Meanwhile, organisations such as Wikileak, Digiactive and Engagemedia are helping the public mobilise strategic online campaigns with significant consequences.

Increasingly, Twitter is becoming a subject of the news and an agenda-setter in its own right. Gone are the days when the morning newspaper could dictate the days news agenda, and  as Emily Bell pointed out, it was failure to realise this that landed Moir in such trouble. Putting vehement words in the inflexibility and permanency of print is now like playing all your cards at once, only to stand by as others play long into the night without you. There is no entry point for the print journalist into the rapid exchange of ideas which swarm and morph almost as soon as the paper comes off the press. Of course many journalists are now avid Twitter users and most publish online, but increasingly it is the collective force of comments, lead by high-profile thinkers such as Stephen Fry that have the upper hand.

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