Have you ever watched a musical like Glee and someone just starts randomly singing? It’s quite odd, it has no meaning and I’m not going to lie, but it can be quite painful to watch. But then everyone else magically joins in and become an ensemble, you start to enjoy it and it all being to make sense.
The way I see it, twitter is similar to this.
If you just read one tweet, it has no real meaning, it may not even be true and usually we just disregard it. But if we see a whole twitter feed about a certain topic, we being to realise its purpose. Axel Bruns (2009) put it kind of perfectly when he said it’s a ‘suspension bridge made out of pebbles’.
This suspension bridge demonstrates the effect that citizen journalism has upon an event. Citizen journalism invited us to participate, it plays on our desire to always talk back to someone we disagree with. (Isn’t it good we never listen to our parent about not talking back, otherwise citizen journalism might not be what it is today?) When it comes up on our screen it just j=look like an ordinary twitter feed or comment section but if we look closely at the content we are actually able to gain an understanding of current event, issues and debates.
When I first became a internet addicted teenager, my parents fear that this would prevent me from learning about the world, give me square eyes and somehow hinder my ability to participate in the outside world. But I give me much pride to say THEY WERE WRONG!
So far I have not got square eyes. I am more educated and in tune with the world than if I actually went outside and got fresh air. I am continually participating with online discussions, and I can achieve all this just through the use of twitter. If one website can give so many individuals a voice then what about the rest of the internet, there are endless possibilities to get our voice out there and get our point across.