As I’ve noted in prior posts – contrary to the popular belief the core of the Internet is not images, but words. Twitter and Facebook thrive on the words of the populace and with the news of the demise of the 168-year-old News of the World. Social Media is being proclaimed as the victor in bringing the alleged illegal action of the newspaper to the attention of the world. Now that the consumer is an instant author, even a historic bastion of journalism is susceptible to being brought down by the words of the masses. According to Gerry McGovern, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and others through history understood the power of words and appropriately as technology has evolved so has the way words get to the masses.
Today it’s a 140 characters at a time, but as the Muslim Spring and other tragedies have shown us the words of the public spread information and news quite effectively. The pressure to get the story in this digital age seems t have caused the News of the World to do anything to get the story, but in the end the public has the last word.
Until next time, Tim