The New Public Sphere
In the previous part, I highlighted the internet and its power in shaping people’s interactions. In this part, I will shed light on the new public sphere and what it represents.
The values of the internet and social networking have changed the way traditional journalists do their jobs. During crises, massive amounts of real-time information and footage are released, and one consequence of this influx of information is that it makes it nearly impossible to verify information.
Where once the average citizen had only a handful of sources to rely on for information, now there is the internet and blogosphere where ideas are being shared across countries and regions.
No doubt, the internet has revolutionised traditional journalism in general and online journalism in particular. In the past, journalists used to labour to gain access to information, but things changed with the advent of the internet that made access to information easy and within reach, no matter the distances.
Ahmed Malik is Account Executive at Cicero & Bernay Public Relations, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. | www.cbpr.me