This time our assignment was to watch the video of the New Democracy program (or channel, or whatever it is), and to make a sort of connection between one of the issues raised in the video and the article of Zizi Papacharissi that we have recently read.
First of all, I was really surprised by the manner of reporting the news. Basically, the type of the program surprised me. I don’t know whether it is a common thing to create programs like that, I mean, with straight reporting, then interview, with some inserts with videotaped strikes or something. It was quite interesting and in my personal view it may have sort of direct influence in the audience.
I want to focus my writing on the interview that was shown in the video. It was Eli Pariser, the author of the Filter Bubble (what does the internet hide from you). He was talking about all modern internet searching tools, Google mainly and slightly Facebook; how these companies use the Internet to collect the data about its users, all people basically.
Definitely, I was amazed by what this person has said, but here I have to talk about the things that were mentioned in his interview that are connected with the article. Internet is the public sphere, or, mainly networks are the public sphere. They allow people to gather information on any topic and participate in any discussion they want. As, according to the article, public sphere is always shaped and controlled by the elites, Googlel and Facebook do have an access to any information about the users, from where they are and the IP address of the computer, to what preferences do they have in terms of Facebook “likes”, for example.
Also, as the article has mentioned, public sphere has to allow and promote a sort of communication and citizens’ involvement in the political life of the country. The other episodes of the video, apart from the interview, has shown that people do have a chance to get involved in the communication process, whether by making news being a character of the news itself, or simply viewing the news with the help of modern technologies.