The Storify experience of signing up was one that was hassle-free – but still managed to leave me feeling dazed and confused at the way in which social media is taking the wheel of the news and media landscape. From what I can tell, stories which seem to ‘make the news’ on Storify are ones that are either highly popular or highly publicised.
While social media outlets are praised revolutions in communication, which is some ways they most certainly are, I feel overwhelmed by how much there is. Rosen (2015) discusses the triumph of consumerism across the globe, including the way in the internet, via technology, has allowed us to connect to the news. Where up-to-the minute news and all the world’s information is accessible on the devices we have in our pockets, the news has never been more available or abundant.
Increasing research is focused on exploring the role of social media in contemporary news consumption, including the role of sense-making in the current media landscape (Pentina & Tarafdar 2014). Continuing research in this field suggests that the internet has made us savvier in seeking out current information in the media, but as always there are enduring concerns placed around both reliance and credibly of news sources (Veinberg 2015).
Similarly, the way in which we consume news has inevitably changed the way in which news is presented, with the transmedia age leading the evolution (Jansson & Lindell 2015). With the diversity, accessibility and sheer volume of news available to people today – are we more connected to the goings-on in the world or are we simply drowned out by all the white-noise of over exposure and information overload?
That is the saving grace of Storify to me. In this new world of endless social media posts, updates and status changes – Storify attempts to do the thing any sane person would want to do, which is bring it together.
As a casual Facebooker, an apprehensive Tweeter and now a fresh, if slightly hesitant, Storifier – I am learning more and more, that there is no escape from this social media revolution. To have the way in which I consume news challenged, wasn’t a reality that I expected from this course, but it is one that I am facing. Almost a form of exposure therapy this course is going test my news limits and this blog will be here to document every moment of it.
Jansson, A, & Lindell, J 2015, ‘News Media Consumption in the Transmedia Age’, Journalism Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 79-96.
Pentina, I, & Tarafdar, M 2014, ‘From “information” to “knowing”: Exploring the role of social media in contemporary news consumption’, Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 35, pp. 211-223.
Rosen, R 2015, ‘The triumph of consumerism’, The Atlantic, 24 July 2015, viewed 26 July 2015, http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/07/america-culture-the-sixties/399485/
Veinberg, S 2015, ‘Digital native’s attitude towards news sources’, Public Relations Review, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 299-301.