‘Social media substituting mainstream media’ was the topic of the debate during the National Press Day celebration at Ziro, Lower Subansiri, on November 16.
The debaters – both for the and against the motion – from various colleges and universities presented whole gamut of the topic.
Social media and mainstream media both seem to be working fine and how they were intended to work. Some people enjoy watching or paying attention to both social and mainstream media. Just because both are existing and social media has gotten larger does not mean that mainstream media is getting smaller.
However, the impact of social media on mainstream media cannot be undermined. Social media has certainly taken a toll on mainstream media, and has sort of left it far behind in its tracks in a lot of ways. People’s first front of information seems to be social media, and this is not changing any time soon; however, mainstream media has not, in any way, been “ruined”; only been pushed to the back seat.
Because social media can very quickly focus the attention of a large group of people on an issue, it can have a direct impact on mainstream media coverage. During election process, for example, social media was “trending” during every debate, primary and major speech made by either candidate. Media personalities and news reporters all maintain social media accounts, so they receive immediate feedback on their coverage events and stories.
It is argued that social media is not only ruining old fashioned ways of media like newspapers etc, but also ruining friendships and stopping communication between people.
More so many riots were impacted by social media, thousands of people got involved in criminal activity, which would have never of happened if social media hadn’t been used.
Both work fine. Both have pros and cons, but neither one kills the other. Some prefer TV, some don’t. There is no question of either one will ever be ruined. Though social media can drone on and on, people still prefer to use mainstream media for its authenticity; there is no reliability of information presented in the social media.