Online revolution via Twitter

6 years before, Thomas J. Watson Research Center Manager of the Management for Business Integrity Dr. Yurdaer Doğanata was guest for give a lecture to Izmir University. In his lecture, Dr. Doğanata said that: “There was a big earthquake in China five years before. China Geology Center did not explain anything in 3 months. Because, they wanted to be certain about earthquake degree. But, billions of Chinese, who were member of Twitter in US, became organized in half an hour. They started to collect donation in some bank accounts after the earthquake. Because, great number of Chinese tweets when the earthquake was continuing”. (Izmir University, http://www.izmir.edu.tr/tr/genel-haberler/3676-Depremi-en-hizli-twitter-haber-veriyor.html, 2013. Access date: 25 May 2014)
Second example is from Turkey. There was a big fire of mine in Soma in Turkey. 301 employees died in incident. More than 4 million tweets about the incident were taken in a week. Yaşar University Faculty of Communication Asst. Prof. Dr. Özlem Aşman Alikılıç gave an interview about it. She said that using of social media is increasing after the social events. People are following the social events via traditional media and social media. Moreover, participatory journalism is increasing very fast. Everyone produce their own data about social events. Because of this, people preferred the space on social media for mourn about Soma”. (Yaşar University, http://haber.yasar.edu.tr/2014/05/21/somanin-yasini-sosyal-medyada-da-yasadik/, 2014. Access date: 25 May 2014)
Battle fields were important in the past. Arenas were important for the democracy. Nonetheless, populations of countries are not allowed the gather. Habits are changing. Wars are became digital in 21th century (Ali Alışır, Star Newspaper, http://haber.stargazete.com/ege/ali-alisir-3b-21-yyda-cephe-savaslarinin-yerini-sanal-savaslar-aldi/haber-757474, 2013. Access date: 25 May 2014). In recent days, social media is important for shown the resistance. Plenty of people became organized on the Twitter for the Gezi resistance and Arab Spring. According to Alikılıç, these conditions are taken into consideration by governments. Therefore, people prefer the gather on the social media.

“Each of us is journalists!”

I took and published that on my instagram, twitter, and facebook account this photo by my smart phone when protest of Berkin Elvan funeral1. I was a citizen journalist who is the taking photo and producing information. There were many of them like me.

Internet, social media, blogs and etc. have been changing ours participatory habits. We are not only audience. Even we have become information producer. Now, especially young people are following agenda by the social media. Because, social media tools are faster than traditional media. And everyone can be citizen journalist on it. Social media tools have become more popular and nowadays further people wants to share their experiences about life. Therefore, numbers of blogs writer are increasing each passing day.

Conspicuously, columnists are preferring to write on their own blogs too. In my opinion, columnists who write mainstream media newspapers do not inexpression all their own thought. Blogs are very independent space for them. For instance, Tufan Türenç who is columnist on the Hürriyet or Ruşen Çakır who is columnist on Vatan have own blogs2. They share all new articles by social media channels. By this way, they have always been in relationship with citizen journalist and their audiences.

One of the most important news magazine which name is Newsweek was closed on 20123. Because, magazine could not struggle with digital publishing. The circulation of printed media is decreasing each passing day. Nonetheless digital media followers are increasing. In the future, digital media will replace printed media and citizen journalists will be effective more than today.

References

1 http://web.stagram.com/n/oyaaltar, www.facebook.com/oyaaltaryavuz, www.twitter.com/oyaaltar

2 www.tufanturenc.com, www.rusencakir.com

3 http://www.bbc.com/news/business-19989346, Access Date, 11th May 2014