Technology will find its way
By Anita Delph | Thu, July 12, 2012 - 12:00 AM()
After reading Carl Moore’s Death of Privacy, I have concluded that his inability to adapt to a rapidly changing technological world has relegated him almost to the point of irrelevance.
While he sees only the negative side of social media, there is a more positive that far outweighs the negative.
I accept that transmitting gruesome pictures may upset many people, but it is this very technology that allows the people in Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and so on to get their messages out to the rest of the world.
Had it not been for social media such as Twitter, we would not know the extent of the atrocities levelled on the masses by their governments; and we certainly could not depend on the government-controlled media to transmit the news.
Instead of having to wait on reporters/editors to tell us the news as they see it, the news is distributed they instantly, no matter how offensive it may be to you and me.
The opportunity to manipulate the sequence of events has now been severely restricted. No wonder the local media houses want to control the distribution of the news and speak of the Death Of Privacy.
The masses will continue to embrace technologies such as Twitter and Facebook, and determine for themselves what is relevant and what should be discarded.
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