The on going civil dispute in Syria is possible to be a result of social media influence. The Los Angeles Times reported that, “The world learned of the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attacks in Syria from cellphone videos on YouTube, and coordinated use of social media…” it is clear that although the revolution would have happened without social media. Social media is the catalyst. In a chart from Slate.com we see a clear gauging of social media interactions amongst the Syrian conflict as well as the Egyptian and Iranian conflict. The Syrian conflict has been down played by media conglomerates, thus Twitter does not relay the information. However, as previously stated, it is clear that video images are the more active propionate in the Syrian conflict. Different news outlets have chosen to focus their attention on the importance of social media or neglect it all together. In Ireport.cnn they touch on the idea that social media is the reason they are still well informed about the information happening on the ground. While other stories from the same site (CNN.com) were reporting that the only significance to the conflict and social media is that social media was the whistle blower and it’s impact ended there.
While I understand that in regards to breaking news stories social media may not be at the fore front of everyone mind, I also feel that it should be more acknowledged then it is now.
Late July the well-known best-selling author J.K. Rowling was confirmed as the writer of the mystery novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” which was written under the pen name Robert Galbraith. J.K. Rowling is quoted in Parade as writing under the pen name to gather an unbiased feedback. Although The New York Times, has something different to say about the world-renowned authors new book.
The New York Times article author James B. Stewart questions the book’s new found fame stating, “if the books is as good as critics are now saying it is, why didn’t it sell more copies before, especially since the rise of online publishing has supposedly made it easier than ever for first-time authors?” Stewart, a writer himself, obviously values the power of the written word and the authority one carries when you have reached as much fame as Rowling’s has. He presents a very good question, which is: If one publishing house denied the book, and it only sold 1,500 copies prior to now, why would anyone want to read it?
The BBC quotes many Twitter statuses as the unveiling of the pen name sent books sales skyrocketing. The BBC quotes comedian Michael Moran stating, “’1: Reveal that ALL books were written by JK Rowling. 2: Sales of all book soar by 150,000%. 3: Industry saved.’”
Each media outlet viewed the same shock as the rest of the world, but, took very different views. The BBC found the humor in everyone’s fascination with the author. While The New York Times questioned consumers draw to the book. While the reviews are mixed, everyone is still begging Rowling’s to continue writing. Author’s like Rowling’s have the ability to capture the attention of millions and re-interest them in reading. If her books do not contain the best story line, at least she has encouraged more people to read. It’s a win-win.
Aaron Hernandez is a well known football player and former University of Florida alumni. Although, earlier this year he become more recognized for his criminal activity as opposed to his athletic ability. Earlier this week Aaron Hernandez was on trial for 6 charges, including first degree murder, to which he plead “not guilty” on all accounts. Several media outlets have subtle differences when reporting about Hernandez.
CNN cast light on Hernandez by showing him as caring. They quoted him mouthing, “I love you” to his family as he sat in court. CNN also address that Hernandez has a possibility of getting away with everything and his lawyers career would benefit from all the publicity.
The Huffington Post even compared his indictment to “kickoff” and noting the fans who waited outside the court for him wearing “team Aaron” t-shirts. This murder trail is the equivalent to a game for readers of Erika Niedowski’s article in the Huffington Post.
Most surprising of all the coverage is from the BBC who laid out all of the facts, in a concise and well written manner. Later in the article he was referred to as Mr. Hernandez. Although subtle, this was an homage to Hernandez as a human being and not as an idol and defiantly not as a football player. The BBC chose to be very unbiased, leaving the readers of the BBC to define their own opinion about Aaron Hernandez and if he is really guilty.
Overall the coverage of Hernandez is vastly different, but only subtleties shed light on the altering viewpoints of reporters and their respective media outlets