News and communication in the 21st century

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The use of mobile phones and the development of internet reformed the way we communicate. So how things are in the age of social networks?

Submitted: January 13, 2018

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News are transmitted almost instantly across the world in the age of internet.Even though the same thing was said back in the 20th century for television, it didn't hold globally.Only nationally.

The internet changed the very quality of both news and communication.This happened due to the fact that in the internet, text can written and read, as opposed to radio and TV where this is not possible.Verbal communication is, in information terms, much more confusing as you may not have the time to absorb the information and verbal speech is direct.In written communication the reader has more time to assimilate and more complex notions can be implied.Let's not forget that in internet, image,sound and videos can be played, so internet is capable of what TV and radio can do.

Before the internet however, the mobile phones came first into everyone's life.It was at that time, in the 90s, that communication became immidiate and instant.Due to written messages (SMS), a new method of telling news and communicating became available.Mobile phone communication is important because communication evolved in quality terms as well as in speed and availability.If you have a mobile phone you can make contact from anywhere and anyone can find you.But mobile phones inreased the times we communicated as it was no longer so difficult to find or make phone calls to other persons.So in a not obvious way the first manner news were told and learned, was from mobile phones and afterwards from TV,radio and newspapers.Communication had become "net-based".

As a matter of fact mobile phones obey in the "net phenomenon".The net phenomenon says that if you have a phone and no one else does it's useless,hence worthless.But if everyone else has a phone also, it's very useful, so very valuable.

The "net phenomenon" also applies to the internet.But telling the news and communiction was done by e-mails and chatting at the beginning of the internet.In the 21st century, social networks appeared and became known as an alternative method of news telling than conventional media.

In the years of the economic crisis, the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and even the recent North Korea crisis, social network communication handled the spreading of news.TV news were a few hous behind.Due to the internet use of video, with streaming services reducing the time required for a video to play, art was mixed with news telling.Whether music video clips or impressive images from real events, art mixed with the content of the news as an alternate, indirect way of communication.For example, cinema trailers played in social networks or sports highlights.

Communication is the wider context in which news are told.But news, and especially politics news are very often of an indirect nature, in the sense politicians want to send messages to many recipients, including people or institutions abroad.So things are not clear unless a journalist explains or interprets the messaging, much like a translator is needed if you don't speak a foreign language.This sort of journalist work is very successful in internet communication as due to the indirect nature of internet.The political events are not always transmitted in detail due to the amount of work it is required and the big number of news to be covered.Political news are transmitted in a confusing manner if a journalist does not explain.But it means the journalist acts as a translator for the communication.

It is quite clear that the new kind of computer device, the tablet will change again communication and in other aspects of life as well.For example, besides driving in the city with the so called navigators, votings.Electronic votings are on their way and affect the flexibility and transparency of democracy.So will more refenderums be held because it is easier with electronic votings? 


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