Social media’s effect analysed

TOPIC: Chris Zappone speaks at Talking Justice on Saturday.
TOPIC: Chris Zappone speaks at Talking Justice on Saturday.

The implications digital disruption can have on traditional journalism was discussed at Talking Justice on Saturday.

Technology commentator Paul Wallbank, digital strategist Joanne Jacobs and journalist Chris Zappone discussed how social media can undermine people’s trust in traditional media and its ability to keep those in power accountable.

Mr Wallbank said social media was still in its early days.

“It is only 15 years old, the web is only 25 years old,” he said.

“(One hundred years ago) Orson Welles was scaring the pants of people with martians invading. That was people trying to get their heads around a new type of media.

“I think we’re in a similar position at the moment with social media.”

Mr Zappone said there was information overload on social media.

“It will take a while for the human mind to navigate to a secure place where they understand the world around them,” he said.