Journalism Vs Development In Technology

The advancement of communication technology, such as the internet which has allowed quick and easy access to news and information online has potentially affected traditional media. The ability to report instantly, as well as technology convergence in gadgets that has allowed photos and videos to be spread almost immediately is something which traditional media largely lacks. Despite that, traditional media and the advance technology both aims for the same thing in journalism, which is to report and inform.

In this digital era, research has suggest that technology impacted journalism in terms of performance, content, structure and relationship of the organization and public (Pavlik, 2000). Being said, innovation is not always a threat that can’t be fixed. John V Pavlik suggested four principles that can act as a guideline for ensuring the innovation of journalism in news media continued to be viable in todays’ technology (Pavlik J. V., 2013).

Firstly, research is vital in any business. As reliability is key to news reporting, the need to evaluate all sources ensure that factual news and information are able to spread among channels especially online. Secondly, the freedom of speech must be assured. To express and devote loyally to news reporting requires the need to write freely without worrying about censorship or harassment. Thus, allowing news media to perform with ease and the public to feel valued. Thirdly, it is dedication to pursuing the truth. Often, the truth can cause organization, and sometimes government to plummet in disgrace. However, news reporting should focus on maintaining trust as that is the job of a journalist. Lastly, it is ethics. As new technology arises, boundaries should not be crossed such as hacking into phone or gadgets of individuals in the name of truthfulness. Privacy policies must be imposed to further ensure trust and confidence into the people.

The principles serves as a guideline to ensure that journalism is not lost and overpowered due to technology. Advancement only meant that the world continue to evolve to strive for effectiveness and efficiency. Thus, in journalism, reporting onto mainstream media and postings on social media is both valued and needed. What do you think?

Do you think Innovation and Journalism could co-exist peacefully?


Pavlik, J. (2000). The Impact of Technology on Journalism. Journalism Studies, 229-237.

Pavlik, J. V. (2013). Innovation and The Future Of Journalism. Digital Journalism, 181-193.


Public Sphere: The Blurred Line

The internet has always been a platform where people communicate with each other. In terms of how the media reports headlines onto their websites, to friends conversing over Facebook chat, this channel is likely a new platform where information is sent and received effectively. Over the course of years, it has affected society’s behavior in communication. In short, the public sphere and private space today is blurred due to the constant changing of discourse through the internet.

An actual public sphere, according to Habermas, is groups of only middle class males on par with aristocrats in the 18th century that comes together at a physical space to discuss about issues (McGuigan, 2005). The ideal public sphere however is of both males and females that aims for equality and freedom of expression which was not present during the 18th century. Nevertheless, a public sphere is a concept of an ideal space for the occurrence of a group of people exchanging ideas and information. In addition, the public sphere derives from private issues that moves into a public domain. With that being said, a private space is much more personal that the public sphere. However, how does one distinguish both of this evidently today when the private space has shrunk dramatically with the advancing of internet?

Looking at the case of infamous Vivian Lee and Alvin Tan (Singapore, 2012), a couple who posted pictures and videos on their nudity, came under fire with the officials. It was found that initially, these photos were for private use but was later uploaded onto their personal sites for whoever that came across. Personally, it is hard to understand how a personal matter came to light when it was meant for mere self-expression. Why did such personal matter entered the public sphere with such harsh discourse?

Everything considered, it is clear that the internet as a platform has alter the way people communicate. It has also affected how the public sphere and a private space is distinguish with the presence of the internet, which the blurred line is still unclear.

What do you think?

Can the Private Information Online Private or Has it Turn Public?


McGuigan, J. (2005). The cultural public sphere. Cultural Studies, 427-443.

Singapore, S. (2012, 11 2). Alvin And Vivian Sumptuous Erotica. Retrieved from My Fat Pocket:

Is Social Media Causing Vanity?

  In the new media today, communication between individuals have evolve drastically. Using social media, people are able to communicate with one and other through posting of messages, uploading photos and videos. With a click of a finger, each one is able to know what the other is saying, doing, living. Social media has given convenience, but at the same time it has affected the way people express themselves.

One way is through selfies. According to Jerry Saltz (Saltz, 2014) the era of selfie is here. Selfies are self-portrait taken with a smart phone device that are spontaneous and unplanned, which means that if a person felt like taking a selfie, it could be done without a hassle. Also, Vlogs (Video-logs) are another way of people showing what they do or how they look like to whoever wants to. It allows people to record themselves and let others view, share and comment on the video. With selfies and vlogs, deeply personal photos and videos are shared without concern of how others would react to it. Michael Welsh stated that vlogs could stimulate people to show who they really are (Welsh, 2009). However, is who they are on camera real matters or what we see of them matters more? Perhaps to better understand this, is showing off a million dollar car vain, or is it vain because we assume it is, as we generally conform to social norm?

The truth is, social media attracts narcissistic people who wants to show off their glorious lifestyle with constant bombarding of selfies on Instagram and videos showing their luxurious day off on a yacht. On the other hand, there is those who wants to keep up or compete with others as pressure of social hierarchy causes them to achieve an impractical image. Therefore, are these people vain? Or are they just drawn into a social media delusion that the others’ lives is the life they need? What do you think?

Food for thought: Does Social Media really changed the way we communicate with one another as seen in the comic?


Saltz, J. (2014, 1 26). Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie. Retrieved from Vulture:

Welsh, M. (2009). YouTube and You: Experiences of Self-Awareness in the Context Collapse of the Recording Webcam. EME, 19-34.