In the 21st century, it is highly common for anyone of the age 13 and up to have some sort of social media space as their own. The way which they portray themselves on this outlet is totally up to them. Although it isn’t always who they really are.
It is quite a common occurrence for someone’s social media accounts to portray a completely different person to whom they really are. People often try to portray that they live the ‘high life’ when in fact they are poor and hardly leave their room.
On social media outlets, you’re able to sit down and really have a think about what type of person you want to be on this account, whereas in real life, this isn’t the case, you are who you are. Faking it is rarely a healthy thing to do. Faking your online persona may mislead others and yourself, into thinking you’re a different person in real life to what you really are, and this may cause trouble.
As for me, my online persona is who I am. A poor university student, trying to get a shot at becoming a journalist!!
Within today’s society, lies the age of ‘undercover journalists’ or more commonly known as – ‘citizen journalists’. With gadgets now overtaking newspapers, radios and Televisions as the most common way of accessing the news and events, it means societies “average Joe” is now able to publish their own articles to be seen world wide. To put it simply, a ‘citizen journalist’ is a person which places their opinion on social media outlets to scrutinise and reflect upon current news and events around the world without being paid to do so.
Blogging websites such as ‘reddit’, ‘Wordpress’, ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ are the source of how this process begins. On these websites, status’ or blog posts are uploaded which are then advertised with the infamous “hashtag” which is able to circulate the post throughout the media outlets and create publicity for the online blog. For example, If a person was to post about the overnight NRL match, they would post their opinion followed with #Nrl.
The empowerment of the undercover journalist is able to stop the influence of the major media outlets on society.