Is Facebook the new Deep Throat?

October 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm (Uncategorized)

My favorite online source, Poynter, covered a story about how Journalists are using facebook to contact sources. I always try to see facebook as something that is more than social networking, something that is worthwhile. However, then I log on and see that the status’ of my “friends” consisting of mainly the words “hung” and “over” and their photos being explicit at best. The worthwhile facebook goes right out the window.

The other fun trend that’s been going around facebook is people changing their names and last names. Now, for a college student who is posting pictures of inappropriate behavior and looking to get a job in the near future, this may be the way to go. As a journalist looking for information about someone this is solely misleading. If you’re looking for “John Smith” who is believed to have run away to Guam, good luck trying to find his facebook if his “name” is “J. Smitt”.

Al Thompkins, the journalist responsible for the Poynter article, speaks of how facebook is being said to have changed the way journalists cover “spot news”. This may be true, and the trustworthy (if you can even associate that word with social media) facebook members who are reporting their lives accurately and leaving their information as is could be providing accurate information. However the chances of this just seem slim.

 

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