The Future of the Media

Event Info

Wed 17 Oct, 2007 at 12:00am
Benjamin Franklin Room at Royal Society of Arts
8 John Adam Street
London, WC2N 6EZ, UK


Citizen journalists, user-generated content and social networking - democratisation or dumbing down?

From mobile phone snappers to internet bloggers, ours has been hailed as the age of the ‘citizen journalist’. Time magazine selected ‘You’ as the person of 2006, celebrating all those who build and contribute to social networking sites such as YouTube and MySpace.

What are the real causes and impact of the proliferation of user-generated content, ‘alternative news’ and the voices of the many? Is the citizen journalist a symbol of the rise of the democratised media, or a decline of journalistic standards?



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