People used to subscribe to the local paper, but now nearly 50 percent of people get their news from social media. Indeed, social media has changed the way news is created and consumed.
Tumblr Launches Promoted Posts on Mobile (SocialTimes)
Tumblr will begin delivering promoted posts to its mobile users as well as its desktop users, the company said on Monday. “It works very simply: Every now and then you’ll see posts from our partners as you scroll through your mobile Dashboard,” the company said in a blog post.
A liveblog of the manhunt for the two suspects identified in the Boston Marathon bombings was the top story on Reddit this morning, before being bumped by a profile of the M.I.T. police officer who died in a shootout with the suspects.
As mainstream media has been forced, with threats of violence, to stop reporting on drug-related violence in Mexico, many Mexicans have turned to Twitter to keep up to date about drug violence in their cities, according to a study published last month by Microsoft’s research team.
Social Travel Apps Thrive as App Store Hits 40 Billion Downloads (SocialTimes)
Apple announced Monday that its App Store customers have downloaded more than 40 billion apps. It was a record-breaking year, the company said, with nearly 20 billion apps downloaded in 2012 and 2 billion downloads in December alone.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. One year ago today, protesters took to Zuccotti Park to fight for social and economic equality. Social media and web video were driving forces in catapulting the Occupy Wall Street movement into international headlines and, to this end, Link TV News has put together a video compilation of the “10 Raw Videos that Changed the World” to celebrate the #OWS anniversary.
For years, when people wanted to get their news fix online they turned to sites like CNN, The BBC, The New York Times or their own local paper and news channel sites. Today, more news hounds than ever are turning to YouTube for the latest on what’s going on around the globe. A new study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism reveals that “a new form of video journalism” has emerged on YouTube.
CNN iReport, CNN’s global participatory news community, announced earlier this week that they have surpassed one million registered contributors.
It’s no surprise that Twitter had something to say about the eviction of protesters from Zuccotti Park; after all, the microblogging service has served as a tool for spreading awareness about the #Occupy movement, and has played a crucial role in organizing conversations surrounding #OWS.
On Tuesday morning, more than 200 protesters were arrested and removed from Zuccotti Park in a surprise police raid. Law enforcements were following orders from New York’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, who ordered a “park cleaning” early last week.
Bloomberg said that the occupiers were welcome to exercise their right to protest, though he said their tents and living arrangements in the park had become a “health issue,” and were no longer welcome. Mayor Bloomberg told The New York Times that although New York is a place where you can express yourself, he didn’t feel the occupiers were doing that. What’s more, he said, the protestors and their mock-village have made Zuccotti unavailable to anyone else.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, the movement hasn’t stopped: thousands on videos, images, and tweets continue to pour in under the #OWS hashtag. Just search #OWS, #OccupyWallStreet, or any of the other hashtags used for the movement and you’ll find thousands of pieces of citizen journalism, like these images, which document the eviction:
This image was captured by @JATayler and circulated by Andrew Katz (@katz) on November 17. Here’s the caption he provides beneath the image:
And then there’s this image, captured by @OccupyWallStNYC:
If a picture is worth a thousand word, then this image says a lot about the control that’s being exercised over the demonstrators. In the image, we can clearly read that this is a shot of Zuccotti park—a supposedly “public” space. The sign, which clearly reads “open to the public,” is sealed off behind bars, capturing the power-struggle narrative running through the entire story of #Occupy.
And then there’s this video:
While the protestors in New York were being evicted, student demonstrators in California were being pepper sprayed by police officers.
While the examples above are by no means a comprehensive analysis of Twitter’s reaction to the #OWS eviction, the tweets selected demonstrate the general spirit of media being pushed through Twitter under the #OWS hashtag. Almost al of the #OWS citizen media contain the same tropes: cops acting badly, protesters being victimized, and the crowd shouting that one resounding line: “the whole world is watching.”
The whole world is watching, and we’re staying tuned to see what will become of the new arrangements in Zuccotti Park. According to The New York Times, New York police reopened the gates to the park shortly after dark on Tuesday evening to allow 750 people back into the park, single file, and one-by-one. The Times says that people with large backpacks and large amounts of food were turned away.
Instead of asking whether or not we’ve entered the age of citizen journalism—which I think we have— perhaps we need to instead inquire as to how we’re instilling journalistic integrity into the next generation of writers.