So it has been reported in this article that at the 2014 Olympics held in Sochi, Russia, journalists will be forbidden from using phones, tablets, or any sort of technological advice that allows them to tweet, instagram, vine, or share any kind of information.
I am just finding this absolutely ridiculous and I do not see the point. In today’s day and age, people everywhere use their phones and tablets to get information. With something as big as the Olympics, which some people for some reason tend to go CRAZY over, I don’t see the purpose of banning a way for people all across the globe to get up to date, second by second, feed of what is happening without social media. A major factor of social media is the convenience of getting breaking news right away. But with this ban of journalists, it will all be a game changer. Now people who are not near a television or computer to watch a live stream or read an article, will not know until a later time.
What do you guys think of this? Social media is a way of reporting in a visual, interactive, and immediate way. How will this change how people know what’s happening? Is this beneficial in any way? Will this cause a lot of backlash, and are journalists going to just do it anyways but in a sneaky manner? Also, should we think of how this could potentially cause other events/games to make journalists not use smartphones or devices as well?