When Everyone Has A Voice

I’m watching the CW11 Morning News this morning and just saw two stories back to back.

In the first one, a mother pleaded for the return of her child.

In the second one, a man threatened to place poison in 5000 jars of baby food.

There were two things in common with these stories.  First, they were, as I noted above, on the morning news in back to back segments.

Secondly, these were not news stories professionally shot by video journalists.  They were shot by amateurs and posted on YouTube.  It’s a sign of the times that in these days of citizen journalism that anyone can create their own news.  Then, a television show can use it as news footage.  If you’re interesting or sensational enough, you too could be producing such content.

Of all of the things posted on blogs or video sharing or picture sharing sites, how do you know what to believe and what not to believe?  How do you assign a credibility factor to these things?  Does the fact that a “legitimate” news source like a television station broadcast it give it truth?  How do the producers of these shows know?

Reportedly, one of these stories is true and the other a hoax.  I’ve elected to not perpetuate hoaxes by including the video or links to them in this post.

But, if you have answers to any or all of the above, it would be good to know.  If you don’t, should you?

If we don’t have the answers, how can we expect our students to know?  Does filtering websites at schools solve the problem?  Does this not just push the onus on students and possibly parents to learn at home?  How do they know?

What impact does this have on a whole generation of people that are living this as you read this post?

What does it mean when everyone has a voice?

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