In today’s era of social media, Twitter, Facebook and blogs have impacted the way people channel information.In Twitter, there’s a limit of 140 characters which forces me to get to the point quickly with the goal of getting ‘my followers’ to act. Facebook attests to the reality how it has become acceptable to tell and show the world about personal things, myself included. My blogs are a combination of reflections, dreams, experiences. I do texting too which I learned to love except can’t stand misspellings and abbreviations, but that is the new language of social media whether I like it or not.
The landscape of journalism has evolved into the embracing of a new media – online news driven by the fast and furious internet technology. News is all around us 24/7 – from newspapers, television, computers, smartphones, all delivered in the comfort of our homes, trains and coffee shops.
Events that happen in Europe and Asia are readily known in New York and San Francisco within nanoseconds. In this new cycle of news, Charles Hoyt of the New York Times said, “What ties them together is the acceleration of the news cycle.” We’re always on, which increases the danger that things will not get checked as they should, he adds.
The bright side to this new media is having the platform to network, share information and another venue to write. The bar is raised to question the quality of writing today and do we ever think of how smartphone, iPad-loving young adults struggle now to sit down and write with pen and paper. Much to be desired there.
I ask myself: Does all this new social media stuff I have learned to embrace makes me a good or poor writer? What will my 82-year old mentor say if she decides to search for my blogs and questions why I abandoned simplicity of words and style she taught me? So as I ponder now to write about my writing life, will my focus be writing to the standards of the past – to simply write well. To that, I have no choice but to be myself and write the way what’s best for Normita, that is, to stay as Normita.
Friends, how has the new social media impacted you? Feel free to comment.
Normita Fenn studied journalism at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She earned her MBA in Marketing from Golden Gate University-San Francisco. She resides in San Ramon, California. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @NormitaFenn