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Steven Johnson commented that Twitter had an ‘unsuspecting depth’ hidden amongst its structure and ‘terrible first impression’ of a dismissable social platform, i tend to agree with the terrible first impression (Johnson, 2009). But Twitter’s unsuspecting depth is definitely not its redeeming quality. Twitter’s miracle in the evolution of news reporting is not only it’s saving grace, but the double edged sword that threatens it’s downfall.
Social media as a news platform enables everything and anything to be reported, with no gatekeepers steadying the flow, to filter it for quality or verity, the flow of information that was once a trickle is now more accurately imaged as a raging torrent bursting its damns.
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Twitter is invaluable as the ‘front line’ reporting for immediate issues or events, but how do we believe a tweet with no legacy media face value, no clear authority behind the declaration in the tweet? A single tweet alone, will be taken with as much consideration of a grain of salt, one tweet shouted into the void that will never be heard. But counted in the masses, the greater volume of tweeting and the more it will be believed. A tweet is the pebble, but seen as a whole it builds a bridge from the sum of its parts and generates value and truth.