This module has given me an insight into the connected society that constantly surrounds us. I’m writing this just 12 hours after the tragic terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels.
I discovered this news via the BBC News application, when the iconic ‘breaking news’ sound woke me up before my alarm.
The notification read “Two explosions heard at Brussels airport, cause unclear – images show smoke rising from terminal building.”
The whole process from the BBC gathering this news to distributing it to us, the consumer, has changed massively from the London terrorist attacks in 2005. 11 years ago, our main source for breaking news was either on a television or a radio. Nowadays, we’re fed the information without having to search for it. As soon as I read the headline, I instantly took to Twitter to find out more information. On Twitter, I saw information, speculation and opinions regarding the news. Some opinions sparked reactions among users, especially the opinion of Katie Hopkins. Many people replied saying that they had reported her tweet, which relates to our week 8 topic of regulation.
Social media really has enhanced the way we consume and react to breaking news, and it seems as if there is no escaping it. It lends information to people that is often false, hence why we can’t rely on it. This can be seen by the #StopIslam hashtag trending after the Brussels attack. However, it was purely trending because of the disagreement with the hashtag, even though the trend gave the impression that many agreed with it.