Citizen Journalists

An interesting second order effect of camera phones and social media is it enables anyone to become citizen journalists.

The current protests across America were sparked by a woman recording the murder of George Floyd. And now as the protests continue, we see many examples of police assaulting unarmed protesters that would’ve gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for people capturing these on video.

What if we had citizen journalist during the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Rwandan Genocide, or WWII?

I wonder how many more crimes happen behind close doors.

June 5, 2020

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