James Surowiecki’s TED video talked about the impact social media has on society. He focused on the idea of blogs being the center for the virtual community for sharing information. He even stated that many of the blog’s readers tend to be smarter than the blogger.
This video was a recording of a conference in 2005, and I think Suroweicki is right. There are a lot of popular websites that promote individuals to post content onto the site. Truthfully, sometimes, social media is a news source for me. I see my friends post links on my facebook, or I see people tweeting about the same issue. I even get serious, political news from a viral link site, buzzfeed.
What used to be a well-defined source of news, is fading. The lines are fading. People are finding new sources of news. Social media is a more personal way of communicating current events to people.