Emergence of new spontaneous media
25 Apr 2017 - 16:05
Eight years ago, online chatting rooms on PCs were the old-fashioned application(s) for social interaction. They were a breakthrough of electronic tool of communication instead of classic landline telephones.
Nowadays, people can scan their mobiles for chatting, reading updates and interacting instantaneously while dining, working, laying on bed or even behind the wheel.
Hence, social media provided by these sophisticated smart phones became major motivation for changing the behavior and thoughts toward events that people pass through. It is not merely a conversation between two persons or among groups as before but also, it is an individual media outlet. Millions of up-to-the minute-news on online media confuse the scene with endless posts and tweets.
Press used to impose traditional format of writing news so journalists are obliged to answer very well-known five questions; what happened, who is involved, where did it take place, when did it take place and why did it happen?
Adding to that, the professional type of media either reports published on newspapers or scripts transferred by Radios and TVs must be linguistically correct.
However, the social media, more than anything else, is a popular way of expressing ideas no matter what the structure is or how far the text is revised. Moreover, comments as a developed style of chatting, takes in consideration the first and faster response to any post on social apps, as well as, the fact that reading or viewing materials on social media create various personal reactions such as happiness, anger, disappointment or grief... etc. These emotions are consequently reflected on the general dialogue among through stimulating interaction between Internet users.
Thus, this written expression is a result of spontaneous way of thinking and it is far away from journalistic writing.
Sometimes, on one single account on Facebook or Twitter and within five minutes only, dozens of news-stories appear on timeline, but not like reports people used to read on newspapers. Those fast-moving events on news stream are transient in nature and also not to mention the subjectivity of composing details of certain topic depending on how ordinary people think about it and whether they are emotionally touched by its developments or not.
No doubt, that the world witnesses emerging of new dominant media or so-called spontaneous-media, which already produce new writing style, may rely on someone’s bad temper or his limited knowledge. This kind of short texts influence not only media, but also standard languages and in the end, it will shape the heritage of humanity or at least the literature that we are intending to pass it to the coming generations.
The writer is Arab media coordinator in Organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC).