Does the Term NEWS Differ in Different Media?
Do you know the feeling when you have posted a political statement or something that is important to you, and you only get four likes on facebook? And then you recognize that your post concerning the pizza you had for lunch gets more than four likes? How come?
When it comes to the term “news”, you might ask yourself, what is actually meant by that. In terms of a daily newspaper, all of us know what news is. But how would we describe news on facebook? Furthermore, we could ask, who exactly is consuming what kind of media. Moreover, the following example raises the question if we have to define “news” according to different forms of media?
This example is about Hans-Dietrich Genscher who was a highly important German politician and died on March 30th 2016. While newspapers as well as Die Tagesschau (German news on TV) spoke about his sudden death and his significance to Germany as a politician (see http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/hans-dietrich-genscher-ist-tot-a-1085011.html), people using facebook reacted in different ways.
This example points to the Like-button on facebook. In my opinion, it is interesting to see how people in my facebook community reactet on my post: “DANKE Hans-Dietrich Genscher für deine politisch historische Unverwechselbarkeit und die Bedeutung deines Handelns für Deutschland #Genscher” on April 1st 2016. As stated above, a picture of your daily lunch or a post about the restaurant you are going to tonight is in some cases more cherished than other, more important posts. To me, facebook is a real face book, which means that we mostly post pictures of food or selfies.
Finally, the answer to the question raised above could be: Yes, there is obviously a difference in defining news according to variations of media, as the given example has shown.