No matter what I typed into Google around technology, news and society, the website ‘Pew Research Center’ just kept cropping up. Despite being an American online resource, the website offers an excellent insight into how the media affects the relationship between technology, news and young people worldwide.
It offers a wide range of reports including a report on ‘The state of privacy in America’, where it claims that “91% of adults agree or strongly agree that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies”. The information in this report is particularly useful for weeks one, two and six.
Another example report is one titled ‘The evolving role of news on Twitter and Facebook’ which illustrates how many of these platform’s users resort to these two websites as their primary news source and why. It links to an article by ‘The New York Times’ titled ‘For Twitter, future means here and now’ which explains that Twitter’s best feature is providing “as-it-happens coverage and commentary on live events”. Another similar report on the website is titled ‘How social media is reshaping news’. These insights into social media platforms as news sites can of particular assistance in weeks four, eight and ten.
I can’t write about each individual report but the website offers insights into almost everything in the media from campaigning, such as a report on ‘News coverage conveys strong momentum for same-sex marriage’ (useful for week ten), to activism such as ‘How Al-Jazeera tackled the crisis over Syria’ (also useful for week ten), to technology such as the ‘Future of the Internet’ (useful for week one).
The website is easy to use, with a large database of blogs, info-graphics, expert opinions, reports, graphs and analysis reports. The most important two tabs on the website for this module are ‘Media and News’ and ‘Internet and Tech’, although the information found under each are related.
Let me know what you think of the website. Do you think that it being American diminishes its usefulness for this course? Or do you believe that it represents all of Western society adequately?