Are we at the dawn of a new age though? Perhaps. Still have some questions to answer: 1) is the data that we receive from social media any more accurate than our traditional sources, 2) are there incentives for people to tell stories in social media that differ from other sources (what does instagram get us that Reuters does not?), 3) is more information always better information, 4) are the characteristics of the events of interest (who, what, when, where and why) covered with the same level of effectiveness as NGO & government reports or even the media, and 5) who is tracking all the different sources to see what is/what is not being covered?
I don't want to be one of those people that talks about what things used to be like but at least when I looked at a newspaper I had some sense that there was an actual person somewhere at the newspaper or newswire that would take responsibility for what was printed or at least walk me through what happened that resulted in a story. This is also the case with regard to NGO reports but this is seldom the case with government reports and I'm starting the think that this is also the case for social media. How should we use the new technology when we don't know who is behind it? Also where are the huge depositories that are compiling all these things (outside of the NSA of course) so that we could start to make some of the comparisons across social media?