Why talk about social media?

Simply making information available is not enough for today’s public. Today’s audiences expect to be able to choose what they read, and most believe they should be able to contribute content and opinions, too. This shift, called the social media revolution, is not the death of journalism as America [and the world] always knew it; it’s the birth of a democratic movement that emphasizes some of journalism’s key factors: transparency, honesty, and giving a voice to the person who doesn’t have one.

These few sentences opened the capstone thesis I wrote during the fall 2009 semester, a project that affected me greatly and that would make an inspiring first-post opener.

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