Approaches to Media During Regime Change

Social Media

During a regime change there is so much uncertainty, and so much happening so quickly, that it would be hard for large news outlets to report on everything exactly as it happens. I personally find that social media reports on things so quickly and spreads so quickly, that if a regime change were to occur in the U.S. I would look to social media to see what kind of protests, upsets, and actions were happening in the country.

social media logosHowever, I fully acknowledge that social media is not the most accurate place for information. Rumors can spread quickly and confuse people and incite panic. While I think it is important to look to social media to see posts about events that can clearly be proven true like images of mass sites of protest and to be informed about future locations of protest, it is also important to be skeptical of things that cannot be proven true like rumors about what a specific leader or figure may or may not have done. For me, social media is important for being aware of the actions of the community and how the community can unite, and is less reliable for actions about the government.

News Stations and Websites

To find out what the government is doing during a regime change, I would turn to news outlets. Since news stations are able to get in contact with politicians and get interviews with people in power, I think they would be better able to investigate and report on what the government is up to.

I would also look at multiple news stations to see how they are reporting on the issue. News in the U.S. is so closely tied to political parties and ideologies that in order to try to get a more neutral perspective I would have to look at different news sources with different biases to try to parse together a more non-biased outlook for myself.

Additionally, I would look at news stations and their reporting as well as articles they post on their online websites, but I likely wouldn’t look at newspapers for information. It takes so long for something to be written, printed, and then distributed that I think it would take too long for the newspapers to disseminate information. By the time the newspapers reach the people the news would already be stale.

Media Bias Chart

Social Media Logos. The 12 Most Popular Social Media Sites in 2022. Accessed October 30, 2022.

The Media Bias Chart. Know the Reliability and Bias of the News. Accessed October 30, 2022.

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