Posted by: Lauren Manecke
Wondering if the news is becoming too interactive may seem like an odd thought, but think about where you get your news on a daily basis. Do you see an article on Facebook and click to check out the link, or do you read the comments first and grasp the concept of the news from there? When scrolling through your Twitter feed, do you click the actual article or do you just look at the heading and responses?
With the world becoming more technologically advanced, news sources are taking to popular social media sites to get their information out there first. Although this is a good strategy and handy for those constantly on the go, news is easily twisted through reader’s responses. With the click of the “comment” button, anything can be posted. I believe this not only contorts the story, but it also sparks instant controversy, which can lead to other irrelevant discussions.
The recent Miss America pageant caused just that. On Sunday night, Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America, but shortly after her crowning, the internet started blowing up with articles bashing her talent act. The free reign of people being able to post whatever they want on the internet turned the focus from her winning the crown to making fun of her talent.
IJReview posted an article titled, “Newly Crowned Miss America Goes On Defense After Her Talent Gets Bashed On Social Media” by Caroline Schaeffer. The article talked about the criticism Kazantsev recieved, but ultimately why she was crowned the winner. Like most news sites, comments are posted at the bottom. The discussion automatically got flipped from the pageant to Obama.
I believe that people feel as though since they have free will to talk about whatever they want, sometimes even anonymously, people post before they think things through. The Today Show, a prominent news source, encourages it and has a segment called “The Orange Room”. It is solely based on viewers opinions where they are encouraged to interact through social media sites. With the hashtag of #orangeroom, viewers can tweet about the show or respond to the news.
This leaves the question of where does the news story end. Are you going to take away the actual story or are you going to be more focused on the Twitter and Facebook responses and get your information from there?