Digital Technology

Influences of Digital Technology on User Privacy

Digital technology has had a great impact on its users, particularly online users. According to Screw (2013), digital technology refers to the management of data in a modern manner, which is more suitable than the old analogue methods. As such, the digital system has rendered the paper system outdated due to the benefits accrued. Evidently, most people are now embracing digital technology.

Publicity and privacy are considered as the exact opposites. As such, one cannot have both, but can only have one (Emmapapasatuni, 2013). According to Jurgenson and Rey (2012), publicity is revealing the aspects of one’s identity while privacy is information that one desires to conceal from the rest of the world. Thus, the modern media environment ought to acknowledge the privacy. Everyone can control his or her own privacy since when one entertains a private thought, no one can force it out to the world. Only an individual can manage the private information they want to share with the public. In this digital age, privacy is very vital. However, privacy is not secrecy since a private issue is one that someone does not want the whole world to know whereas a secret issue is one that a person cannot reveal to anyone. Thus, privacy is the power to choose what one reveals to the public.

According to Emmapapasatuni (2013), many people, without considering the negative impact, are publishing their information on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram without giving consideration to the privacy challenges posed. These digital media platforms offer privacy options to individuals who connect with others but the individuals either ignore or enable options to display their information to the whole community or to a few selected friends. Many people are oblivious of the additional private information available in these social media platforms, which is contained in their terms and condition. Consequently, many are losing privacy due to the lack of authority over what others publicize about them.

It is true to say that the digital environment is affecting the user’s privacy given that it is offering so many opportunities for one to reveal his or her identity. However, it heavily relies on oneself and what one chooses to make private and his or her reasons. Digital media provides a tool for finding long lost family member or friend because people live in separate geographical locations. Only a little private information is required to trace someone that one is looking for (Brydiek 84, 2013).

Through sharing of private information, conversations are initiated, and they improve social connections that result to meaningful relationships such as marriages. Social media gives a platform for one to express his or her ideas while at the same time maintaining a level of privacy. In this context, posts and attention seeking updates in social media platforms may brighten one’s day, but it can negatively affect one’s followers since many online block their identity and gain thev sense of anonymity when contributing or commenting on online (Brydiek, 2013).

In summary, digital technology has magnanimous influences on the users’ privacy. However, they have the ultimate control over their own privacy since no one is forced to publish private details or data in the public dormain , it all depends on users’ cautions.

Influences of Digital Technology on Journalism

Since the introduction of the digital technology, journalism has changed towards online-based approach of broadcasting news, research, and interaction with audience (Jericho, 2012). Modern technologies allow individuals to be connected wherever they are hence many people depend on the Internet to access daily news. Today, technology is becoming a major method of receiving information because it is easily accessible. The availability of many devices that are capable of accessing the contents, for instance, mobile phones, facilitate communication. The media industries have also realigned themselves with these new developments, for instance, they have started posting their news stories online. This approach has an advantage over newspaper, television and radio because it provides the entire three in one place using new multimedia technology platform.

Since the people have changed the way of consuming news, the journalists have also changed the way they break the news and how they do their job. They are no longer bound by the same medium, but they can now interact widely with different styles since technology has made work easier and more detailed. On the other hand, the quality of journalism is declining since traditional practices of field reporting and researching have reduced significantly, because journalists now spend more time in the office researching through the Internet (World Press, 2013).

Due to growth of the industry, competition is significantly gaining momentum and journalists are facing great competition from a range of online sources such as blogging sites and the social media. As such, journalists are required to be fast to source stories and break them as fast as possible because the internet traffickers will break the news before them if they delay. According to Jericho (2012), if the media industries and the journalists will not abandon traditional journalism, they will be left behind for lack of audience. Today’s market requires instant delivery of news updates as there is a variety of mediums to do so. Journalists are expected to update their viewers, listeners and readers through the social media platforms such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook and news organization’s websites. In addition to interacting, they are required to understand the platforms they use in order to make the best use of them. Today’s journalists are using these platforms to promote themselves, and it has increasingly become individual promotion (Jericho, 2012).

It is amazing how journalists can now conduct interviews through emails,. From social media platforms, people define what they want and how they want it. News is no longer news without consumer involvement ( World Press, 2013). That is why digital technology is becoming more effective in connecting the audience with the industry. In essence, people can access information easily using computers and phones. They even have options of filtering not only what they receive but also what they interested in. In reality, technology has changed how people consume news.

In terms of legal issues, privacy and copyright laws are varying because digital reporting is different from analogue reporting. In this regard, modern journalists are able to get away with more than the traditional journalists as the law has been upgraded to incorporate digital journalism( World press 2013).

Politicians have also embraced ditigal media same as the journalists in keeping touch with their audiences and society at large. They use social media platforms and online sites to interact with the society and build on their campaigns. Both journalists and politicians are able to comment and create views on topics and air them to many people as soon as an issue breaks using digital platforms. Since most digital platforms are free to use, politicians are able to transform campaign dynamics and increase their popularity than before.

In conclusion, digital technology has brought considerable change to the journalists’ job and how they interact with their audience. Journalists are now able to reach a wider audience and provide an in-depth coverage faster than before. On the contrary, technology has led to the diminishing quality journalism as journalists spends more time in the office than in the field.


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