Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Occupy coverage from Twitter

Twitter can be considered a lame social media. My mom thinks Twitter is for Twits but Twitter can be used as a powerful tool for citizen journalism. Right now Occupy strikes are being broadcasted around the world, mostly from Twitter. I have been following Occupy Oakland on Twitter and feel a sense of urgency to to be part of the movement. Although the only thing I can do to spread the word is to connect the links on my FB and blog about it in class, my re-tweeting will hopefully inform people who are unaware of what is going on. The media will only share the filtered version during a brief segment on prime time TV but reading the tweet updates every minute really gives readers a connection to the event taking place. Strike footage can be followed at the Bay Area May Day site. This example will hopefully show how Twitter can be used as a journalistic tool.

1 comment:

  1. There is a lot to be said about the relationship between the Occupy movement, microblogging sites like Twitter, and changing trends in citizen journalism. Don't be hesitant to provide some more of your own original analysis if you have been following the Occupy Oakland stream. (And remember that you can use Twitter to publicize your own work as a blogger as well.)