Let’s face it – social media makes us the celebrities we’ve always dreamt of becoming. Granted, much of what we write about on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. can rarely ever be considered breaking news, the emergence of citizen journalism makes the concept behind “breaking news” a very subjective, grey area in this day and age.
So are there certain forms of citizen journalism that warrant more attention than others? It’s really hard to say. As everyone is entitled to their own opinion, the rise of social media has made news about the new iPhone as relevant as the controversial meeting between President Obama and the newly-elected president of Iran. However, I will say this – with all the distrust in the mainstream media nowadays, citizen journalism of any kind is becoming more and more important to our culture. We’re able to both dish and gain insight into different topics from almost every imaginable angle. As citizens of this digital world, we’re able to carry picket signs from our very own bedroom, without having our fingertips ever leave the keyboard.