In Gillmor’s “The Gates Come Down”, I found a lot of useful information. Some of them are facts that I totally agree with and I don’t agree with some other provided information. First, I believe that the rules for newsmakers and journalists have changed not only because everyone is able to make news, but, actually we are forced to adopt a new tool and a new technique to cope with an age of new and young audience in order to deliver effective messages. Indeed, I totally agree that we still live in an industrial age of manufacturing news, (especially in Saudi Arabia), government and/or political organizations ought to control news. News must be under a moderated control, so, we don’t experience chaos in news world_ everyone is saying anything anytime. Having a freedom of speech to talk about the most controversial matters and having a limited control on news are two different things.
As I noted before in one of my previous assignments, technology is a double-edged sword. Many governments sometimes tend to hide a particular piece of news from the public, but even though the public can always find their own ways to spread the news; for example, by cell-phones. On the other hand, cell-phones are very important devices to the public, as history showed many crime prevention cases. I remember that a girl was raped in Saudi Arabia and the media never spoke about it because the rapist was a prince, but thanks to the rapist, who recorded his crime and spread it (by a cell-phone with a digital camera), the public reacted very quickly to the incident and the government made a very serious procedure.
- How we assess the impact of an open news technique on societies with different backgrounds?
- What do we need/lack to deliver effective news? Can those requirements be adopted by all societies? If no why and how?
- Why governments around the world are more likely to hide important information and block its sources? Is it part of controlling the citizen?