Social Media and the News graphic, made by Molly Read with Canva.
If I told my Grandpa and Grandma that I got most of my news from Youtube, I think they might be a bit disappointed in me. But more and more people use the same social media methods to get most of their news.
It is important to note that bias is everywhere in media, very few organizations are truly objective, if any truly are. Social media is no different. Whether it be Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, your television or your newspaper, you should always make yourself aware of the biases, such as political bias, that may affect the way the news is reported. But nonetheless, I get my news from social media.
For example, almost every day, I watch The Philip Defranco Show on Youtube. He’s a Youtuber that posts daily summaries of big news stories. He’s also funny, making the news entertaining, when so often it can be depressing. This is actually very positive, as it encourages younger generations to pay attention to current events, even if they only do it for entertainment’s sake. Myself, and other easily distracted people, are more likely to keep up with the news in the form of video, with a more relaxed tone than a traditional television news outlet.
Another way in which I, and others, soak up the news through social media is on Instagram. It may seem very simplistic, when a caption may only contain 100 or so characters, but a photo with a quick blurb helps people stay up-to-date, without allotting a bunch of time to reading a massive article. For example, I personally follow National Geographic, which posts beautiful pictures with environmental updates, such as climate change initiatives or endangered species conservation plans, amongst other news items.
News outlets I follow on Instagram.
I also follow CBCNews, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and other established news outlets, through their Instagram feeds. So on one social media platform, you can see updates from several news outlets at once, while scrolling through your personal feed. While these news blurbs are brief, they allow for the basics, with the opportunity to expand your knowledge by clicking on an article to read more about what interests you most.
The internet helped to make the entire globe accessible. We are now trying to keep up with a whole planet of news, and not just locally. While you might once have had time to read your local newspaper, it is impossible to keep up with a newspaper, covering global issues, for most working people.
Using social media for news, doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the news. Instead it gives you the opportunity to streamline the information you need. Youtube and Instagram allow for people to keep up with updates, without becoming bogged down by an ever growing pile of newspapers. In this digital age, digital news allows for a global scope of information, as well as the ability to keep up with news important to you. Social media is an absolutely valid way to observe the news in the world.
Do you use traditional media to keep up with the news, or are you a social media news observer, like myself? Let me know in the comments down below!
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