Arianna Huffington wrote a commentary several years ago about the connecting power of new forms of digital media. She writes that blogs, social media and real-time communication via videos and photos are changing the way that we are able to witness events. This article was published in 2009, and the concepts hold even more truth today.
These forms of communication suddenly take the filtering power out of the hands of the media. Rather than seeing these events through the lens of the big media companies, we are able to see first-hand accounts and interpret the events ourselves.
This opportunity to interpret is extremely powerful. Raw footage does not have political leaning. It does not have buzzwords attached to it. With these primary accounts we gain an understanding for what is happening in it’s true form. Citizen journalism may be the future of journalism. And that is a very exciting concept.