Dark side of technology for journalism

Technology has impacted the journalism industry massively over the part few years. Technology can impact the privacy rights of individuals. With the ease i making videos and taking pictures, how is the privacy of individuals protected? When news organizations take screenshots of someone’s post/tweet, in many instances they don’t blur the name of the person tweeting it, thus exposing them to hundreds of potential commentators and online users who may track them down and bully them. As using posts of common citizens is much cheaper than actually going out, looking for a source and then interviewing them, news organizations use technology to assume that since someone put a tweet out there, they are consenting to it being published on a news organizations. There is no particular law to forbid this but this is an instance of what media technology has done to us. Should a law come out to limit this use or will that be curtailing practice of journalism?

Technology in journalism has more more dark aspects too. Plaisance in his book on Media EthicsĀ mentions that commentators online show how technology isn’t always a virtue. It is a way for news organizations to engage with their audience and better cater to the people as to what they expect. While many news organizations have started moderating the comments section, that very moderation is considered a form of gate-keeping. In the end it is up to the moderator to decide what is to appropriate or not. But this also shows that technology can’t improve the practice of journalism by engaging audiences as it is unable to eliminate hostile media effect and assimilation bias. This points to the fact that technology needs to be regulated.