CRIMEA: Analyse the probable effect of “participatory journalism”

Here’s your essay title.

1. Read the article below on the Crimean War and the Freedom of the Press It includes the concept of “participatory journalism”. This phrase simply denotes the way that the Victorian public joined in the
publication of information about the war and reaction to it, from their own perspectives, in private correspondence that was published by the British newspapers.
2. Write on your blogs a few incisive paragraphs in a brief analysis of this concept. How did the “particpatory journalism (including private correspondence, official war correspondent reports and the photography of Fenton and Robertson) affect (a) the government’s role in the war (b) the participants of the war themselves and (c) the readers of the various reports.

In a nutshell, I believe that the freedom of the press was increasingly curtailed. Far too much information was being published. Consequently, in the Boer war and in the First World war, much more stringent steps were taken to prevent the leak of information.

Curiously, we now live in a world where information can be published internationally without any censorship at all. It’s probably the first time for about a century and a half.

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