Journalism industry has a role to play in discussing Arab women rights while contributing to the mass media through the radio, television, internet, chat rooms and other debates. Over the years since changes were required on how Arab women are treated in the society, responsible journalism has increased community awareness on gender equality and fighting discrimination in all sectors. Arab women have also taken journalism responsibility whereby women assume positions in the mass media organizations (Sakr 70). Women in the mass media contribute positively because of the way they use their skills to address women issues in the Arab world. In the past, it was illegal for Arab women to study media because it was a male-dominated industry and women had no saying on social issues.
Social media has been extremely beneficial to our society by allowing us to communicate with people all over the world. Social media has forced transparency in many companies and governments worldwide. It has played a huge role in the Arab Spring allowing people to share their stories and educate the rest of the world of the crisis in the Arab world. In the past uprisings and revolutions could have easily been censored but today images and videos can be shared online and specifically on Facebook. It is clear that social media was extremely beneficial by helping the world become aware of the Arab crisis.
Our society is surrounded by the internet and social media. When we are bored or feeling depressed or just want to express what’s on our mind we go to the internet. The internet helps enhance information worldwide giving people much greater access to figures, facts, statistics and allowing that information to circulate much faster and gives people a voice. There are different types of digital media that people now, and days use to communicate, share posts, find out what’s going on around the world, posting pictures and all more things you can think of.
With this lack of measure it is easy to conclude that a small number of people have managed to gain a large amount of power via media control. Additionally, Woods (2007) studied the relationship to democracy and pluralism in a number of countries, and found that the level of debate with regards to the 9/11 attacks within the media of those countries deemed highly democratic, was less pluralistic than those within weaker democratic systems. Analysing the evidence in this essay it is easy to consider that the consolidation of media ownership has allowed a few people to dictate the direction of debates, aligning them with the interests they and their supporters
In recent years social media has become a platform for political debates, political activism and social movements. The adoption of Facebook has revolutionised the way people communicate about various issues affecting society. A preliminary literature review follows, relating to social media and how it has been used in a few significant events in the world. According Pillay and Maharaj (2010) social networking sites provide individuals and organisations with the ability to update profiles, post statuses, post pictures, upload videos, like or comment on posts and share interests, which is redefining the way people communicate. This form of communication is cheaper, quicker and more reliable.
Social media are Internet sites that allow users to interact freely, sharing and discussing information through multiple platforms, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogger, WordPress etc. These social tools give people the ability to communicate with each other on a scale and in ways that they can’t with traditional media. The means for any person to publish digital and creative content, provide and obtain real-time feedback via online discussions, commentary and evaluations (Dykeman, 2008, p.1). Thus far, users can create the content easily using digital media tools, Marshall McLuhan once remarked, the content of a new medium usually is built on and expands from the content of an older medium.
In this day and age that we live in, the presence of social media is extremely prevalent in all aspects of life, whether it be in business, sport, and politics or in our personal lives. In all of these aspects mentioned, social media can create awareness about a specific topic by informing and influencing people. But in order to understand the true impact that social media has on creating awareness about social issues, a few definition must first be understood. Firstly, what is activism? Activism consists of the actions to promote or obstruct social change with the desire to make improvements in society.
Thus, media awareness is an important aspect of this participation and it comes from the information obtained from searching and the desire and ability to play around with media. The growing availability of information in online spaces has started to transform young people’s attitudes toward the availability and accessibility of information (Hargittai 2004, 2007; Robinson 2007; Eagleton and Dobler, 2007). Many online research involve finding information to facilitate the completion of their assignments and school tasks, or looking for a “cheat” for a particular game. Thus, looking around online and searching is an important step to gather information about their hobby as
Definitions of “Community” and “Community Journalism”: A unified definition of the concept “community journalism” always proved difficult to reach. In its simple definition, community journalism is the coverage of local news by local professional journalists, “the idea of the journalist as a member of the community gathering new stories for the civic good ... for the public good…for the community” (Tamara L. Gillis and Robert C. Moore, 2003). According to this view, a journalist’s focus is on the community and how as a journalist, reporter, broadcaster, they can best serve the people. “This is best done when the journalist is a member of the community by being one of the citizens, not as an elitist member of the media or society” (Tamara L.