Is Digital Journalism Good or Evil?

Digital journalism has become a major source of information on the Internet. This type of journalism can be through the mediums of text, video, audio, or photography. Many different types of digital journalism are put out on the Internet every day: how-to blogs, photojournalism articles, business podcasts, or just blogs about anything an author wants to write about. This new media has become an outlet for anyone and everyone with an idea they wish to make public.

Through the use of digital journalism, people can easily make their ideas, thoughts, and opinions accessible to anyone who wishes to view their post. Access to this has made it easier for people to take in more worldviews and opinions different from their own. It is easier for people to absorb information and develop their own opinions, even if their views aren’t as valid as they think. Ideas and traditions from different cultures are also more readily available, as people from around the world blog about their lives and put their writing out on the Internet.

With DIY blogs and tutorials on everything under the sun, people can also teach themselves how to do virtually anything. Food blogs especially have become pretty popular, and recipes that used to be passed down from generation to generation can be accessible to anyone with a computer. This has opened the door for more hobbies and the ability to advance skills, such as art and cooking.

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So is all this exposure a good or bad thing? Digital journalism definitely opens up the floor for well thought-out ideas and opinions that people have been forming their whole lives. However, it also gives way to the people who don’t really think before they speak or write. There are some great blogs out there with well-prepared writing and ideas, but there are also some, even from big companies such as Buzzfeed, which make absolutely no sense. Anyone with a video camera can easily post a “vlog” of them ranting about a topic that doesn’t even matter to a majority of the population. It actually sort of irritates me when people do that kind of them. Honestly, no one cares about what you have to say on some stupid topic nobody cares about. Get over yourself and move on.

Also related to digital journalism via video, the videos posted on Facebook and YouTube that should someone making something super fast are the least helpful things ever. For example, I watched a video that speed through the process of making a cookie in a mug and afterwards, I still had no idea what to do. You know what I’m talking about? The ones that record the whole process from the vantage point of the cook/baker, and speed through it as fast as possible? Yeah, those ones. How are those videos helpful? I just watched a process that usually takes 10 minutes in about 20 seconds. Please take it off the Internet and never put anything on ever again.

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Digital journalism can be used for both good and evil. Sometimes the right people use it for the right reasons, but people also use it for the wrong reasons. When you’re trying to force an opinion on someone, then that’s a bad reason. But if you’re simply trying to get an idea out there for people to view and contemplate, then keep on keeping on! Digital journalism is a great way to share ideas and thoughts while also searching for new ones. The key, however, to reading and watching digital journalism is being able to determine what is good journalism and what is bad.

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