Risky Bolgademia

I started blogging when I was 12 years old and used it as a medium to get my ideas and thoughts outside of my head. I was certainly a bit of a wild child, so having a platform to share my thoughts was both empowering, and in many ways therapeutic. I would never have thought one day I’d be reading an article called “Welcome to blogademia“!

The blogging world is full of mommy bloggers, fashion bloggers, travel bloggers photographers, journalists, and the like; however, looking at this tools through a psychological lens was fascinating!
Blogging has become an incredible platform for networking, building relationships, sharing ideas, and adding to the social media table of discussion. In fact, I would go so far to say that I have met some of my best friends because of this online world of words.

Marshall McLuhan said, “the medium is the message,” and I would have to agree that there is a good dose of value that comes alongside how people – or brands – utilize specific platforms to share a message. Strategy is key.

Another point that stuck out to me was the risk of blogging. I honestly just think that is common sense to some extent. If you think about it, social media has just become a tool to build relationships with a broader range of people, and just as building relationships in person requires risk, so does building relationships online.

Blogging is an unbelievably incredible tool to be utilized in our society, and I am thrilled to see where it takes us next. What are ways that blogging has influenced your life? Do you find blogging to be risky?

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Measuring Social Media and The Future

Tamara L. Gills and Kristen Johnson analyzed the likelihood of younger journalists using social media in comparison to those who have more experience within the field in their article, “Younger Journalists More Likely to Use Social Media.” Johnson and Gill’s say journalists are the gatekeepers of information, which calls into question the credibility of social media, especially with technology advancing at an exponential rate.

Social media has become incredibly invasive in our society and has become a primary topic of conversation in light of globalization. Measuring information accuracy, authority, author expertise, objectivity, currency, and comprehensiveness of coverage becomes a tricky task. Johnson-Gill suggests the 4-point Likert-scaled prompts, which analyze posts quantitatively and qualitatively.

However, after reading through this article, my concern with resting credible weight on a journalist’s experience, or expertise in a field is that it would become nothing more than a political game. Consumers dictate the success of the story-telling we find – whether we like it or not – in journalism, and if society becomes a place that is not willfully accepting of  truth that is found in the everyday happenings of life, that will inadvertently affect  journalists final product. While journalists may be the gatekeepers of information, measuring their motives and intentions may not be quite as easy.

I believe that our conversations should go beyond “who is more likely to use social media,” and drift into what is journalism going to look like in the next 40 plus years? Will journalists stray away from sharing what they believe is factual, objective information, and take a more Socratic approach to their publications? Will journalists begin sharing their stories in a way that prompts questions, and engagement with their audience in a way that we can not yet comprehend? If relationships are critical in journalism, marketing, social media, and the like, what will they look like in the future? These are all questions worth discuss and wrestling with, so reader, what do you think?