We witness the rise of a social journalism. This will be a future of media and a hope for democracy. No one will be able to control the media because we are the media!
Iranian case is somewhat peculiar I guess because Iranian state has very strict restrictions on spread of news within the country, forcing big news networks rely on social journalism. Of course for other cases in the future social journalism will hold a place but I don't think it will has as much effect on the presentation of news in big networks and on the course of events as in the Iranian case.
The role twitter played in the Iran Coverage definitely represents a major change in journalism, but the change can be seen as much as a return as a renovation. The citizen journalism made available through blogs, twitter and the like represents a return to the real grass roots level of journalistic sources. The rising importance of individual journalists over and beyond the specific news company they work for, which does seem to be something new, is also probably an improvement for journalism as a whole. There are some great interviews with top journalists about the future of journalism at http://www.ourblook.com/component/option,com_sectionex/Itemid,200076/id,8/view,category/#catid69 which I have found helpful on these subjects.
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