Drone journalism, here to stay or just a passing fad?
It’s an interesting question. One that is asked about all disruptive technologies.
And like many other disruptive technologies, here is why I hope it sticks around:
The internet and world wide web, especially the social internet have allowed the non-professional access to tools and avenues that were formerly off limits. Not long ago, only those within the publishing or newsprint industry had the ability to reach an audience. And that conversation was one-to-many. News corporations, governments, and publishing companies were the only ones allowed to say anything, and everyone else could only listen. For the first time, the internet let people publish many-to-many (read Clay Shirky).
The ubiquity of smart phones was the next step. For the first time, the average person was able to document their world. Most of the time this looks likes sunsets and selfies, but it also has had serious political implications. Protests, <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rWtDMPaRD8″ title=”police brutality” target=”_blank”>police brutality</a>, and citizen science have been revolutionized.
Drones have the potential to usher in another chapter in that revolution. As they become more accessible and affordable, the everyday person will have the ability to take citizen journalism to the next level (up). Until now, only the military, the hyper-rich, and news agencies had the ability to conduct aerial photography, reconnaissance, and research. Drones now offer the citizen journalist the chance to go places they have never been before.
So, unless legislation completely stifles it, I think it’s here to stay.
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