My response to “Do you believe that Social Media has increased the quality of news and information or decreased it?”
In my opinion, I strongly believe that the use of Social Media has increased the quality of news and information rather than decrease it. My reasoning behind this is because since technology continues to increase from time to time, the way that people are communicating to one and other has gradually changed, where people are now able to access the internet from wherever they may be due to the use of Wi-Fi. Also, people are now getting internet hooked up to their cell phones where they can communicate to their friends, family, coworkers etc, not only through texting but also through Facebook messaging as well as Twitter. This allows people to stay connected with the news no matter where they are and no matter what source they may retrieve this information from. An example of how world news can travel so quickly to people is the death of Michael Jackson, where most people had found this information out through their friends and family recent statuses on either Facebook or Twitter. Thus, this quality of information seems more reliable to believe as opposed to reading local news up in a celebrity magazine, because sometimes you never know if that information is falsely being publicized or not. If you think about it, before the main source of finding out about world news was through television, where now you can access the news online and are able to receive the exact same information. My final thought about social media increasing the quality of news and information, is that with new technology becoming available to users, the way that people communicate back and forth to one and other is going to increase, which then increases the quality and information of news as people are finding various different ways to find information from.