ARE SOCIAL NETWORKS A ‘NEW’ NEWS MEDIUM?
The vast virtual web spun among Internet users via social networks facilitates the circulation and sharing of information among individuals. Thanks to these national and international networks, information spreads from one family to another, from one company to another and from one nation to another. It travels in an unlimited and instantaneous manner, without being restricted by boundaries, time zones or financial cost. Therefore information becomes immediate and accessible regardless of physical or cultural barriers, as illustrated by the global retransmission of images of revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. While social networks have become a lever in the distribution and sharing of information, can they be considered as a fully-fledged news medium? Polymorph information The Facebook network, which counts almost 200 million users around the world, is a clear illustration of the universal information-sharing possibilities offered by social networks. Dynamic information…
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