Can global news operations such as Al Jazeera rely on cell phones and cell phone video to report from war zones around the world? Are Twitter feeds from people in war zones a reliable source of news? Why or why not?
I think that cell phones can absolutely be used to supplement news; however, I don’t know that I would strictly rely on that medium to report the news. Even information presented visually can be manipulated to sell a particular view’s agenda. Winston Churchill said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”
Twitter feeds lead to immediate news, and with the “I want it now” mentality of the world we live in, it satisfies the need to get the news out immediately. With so many loved ones being members of the military, people all of the world are watching war zones very attentively, which leads to journalists wanting to provide the most up to date information to viewers. Unfortunately, like any other sort of news medium, Twitter feeds can still be opinionated or bias toward a particular point of view.
“We always have to ask ourselves whether the level of risk is worth the story. What is bravery, and what is bravado?” -Marie Colvin