Anyone been noticing how often news organizations have been utilizing Twitter comments as “official statements” from individuals?
Not just soliciting and displaying audience feedback in order to socialize the news and better engage an evolving audience. But, rather than interviewing individuals, they are simply displaying screenshots of these individual’s Twitter feeds.
This Twitter journalism offers the perfect soundbyte they’re looking for. Because it’s under 140 characters, and it’s straight from the horse’s mouth. The only problem is this one-way conversation rarely answers the pertinent questions reasonable individuals are looking for.
If this is what the news is turning into – for budgetary reasons or otherwise, I can’t see mainstream news organizations surviving. Because I can do what they’re doing in my basement.