When I first heard about Ashton Kutcher’s and CNN’s race to get a million followers on Twitter, I was amused. I was amused until I read what Ashton Kutcher said:
“I found it astonishing that one person can actually have as big of a voice online as what an entire media company can on Twitter,” Kutcher says. “So I just thought that was just kind of an amazing comment on the state of our media, and I said that, if I beat CNN to 1 million viewers, then I would ding-dong ditch Ted Turner — because I don’t think it’s gonna happen.”
About social media overturning traditional media, he says:
“I think it’s a huge statement about social media for one person to actually have the ability to broadcast to as many people as a major media network,” he said in a YouTube video.
“I think it sort of signifies the turning of the tide from traditional news outlets to social media outlets, social news outlets,” Kutcher said.
“With our video cameras on our cellphones and our picture cams and our blogging and our Twittering and our posting and our Facebooking we actually become the source of the news and the broadcasters of the news and the consumers of the news.”
…and then he won:
“We can and will create our media,” he said.
Can you really? Can you really trust some blogger with no journalism background whatsoever to hold the U.S. government accountable?
I don’t think so. I think democracy is in trouble if wannabes are all we have left of the media.
That being said, I don’t think social media is a bad thing. I belong to almost every social networking site there is. I think it really enriches one’s experience and certainly helps with generating story ideas.
In my opinion, it supplements–not replaces–journalism.