I hope this Dissertation is going to follow the theme of the song ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’. I live in hope that this is the most difficult part of a Dissertation. If it’s not, I’m not sure what I’ll do.
I know I want to write something about Twitter, but I believe there are so many interesting questions that can be asked about Twitter in regards to news gathering, citizen journalism and freedom of speech. The tricky part is choosing what area I really want to concentrate on and what I really want to ask in this Dissertation.
I think I’m mainly torn between two ideas. The ideas surrounding how Twitter could be affecting freedom of speech and also howthe first ‘Twitter‘changed the whole experience worldwide. I understand these are very rough ideas with broad spectrum’s which need focusing on. I hope after reading some more of the literature surrounding these ideas I hope this willhelp me come to some kind of a decision as where to go.
There is clearly so much to write about within both of these subjects and I believe that’s part of the problem. I’m just so interested in both aspects of Twitter andI may look into a way to combine these two ideas by possibly looking at how Twitter affected freedom of speech within the context of the London 2012 Olympic Games. With examples such as the hurtful Tweet sent to Tom Daley and the growing debate of ‘to Tweet or not to Tweet’ facing many of the athletes throughout the games.
I believe the topic of Twitter in general is extremely important to research not only due to its currency but also due to it’s worldwide effect and the power it has to change the world.Cheesy I know, but true. We have seen people fighting for freedom and using Twitter as a tool to do so. I mean that’s pretty cool. Surely that’s reason enough to study it. But more specifically, the Olympics in conjunction with Twitter, it’s important because of how Twitter changed the whole Olympic experience not only for people here in the UK, but worldwide. The table above created by the BBC demonstrates how the first real ‘Twitter Olympics’ really changed things and the enormity of the social media tool in worldwide events.