Twitter’s impact on Journalism

Simmons, Bill. Interview with Matt Taibbi. The B.S. Report. Grantland, 24 April 2013. 19 September 2013. http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/59585/b-s-report-matt-taibbi.

In this interview, Grantland’s Bill Simmons and Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi discussed numerous topics. They touched on the Boston Marathon Bombings, and the relationship between journalism accuracy and twitter posts during the search for the bombers. Do we have a responsibility to just report something we hear from a 140 character post that may not be accurate, or wait to report if the information is legitimately correct? Many news sources were criticized in the aftermath of the bombings for reporting false information. And if false information is reported, via blogging or twitter, do we have the responsibility to correct that information? Should live blogging follow the same rules as journalism, and can it be considered a form of journalism when largely amateurs are posting? Does emotion play a factor in the relationship between journalism and blogging? Information posted online from news sources was important, but as Simmons says Twitter allowed people to “play detective” doing their own work and publishing false or inaccurate information. Finally, internet rumors seem to be overtaking journalism, and promotes misbehavior.

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