First of all, I’m sorry about The Bolivar Commercial closing and I know how emotional that is for you. I hate to see things like this happen because it really just proves that our world is moving in a direction where technology will trump everything. Yes, technology is great and it helps us with so many things in our every day lives, but one thing that I feel can’t be replaced by technology and social media is news. There is such a difference between picking up a newspaper and reading it and reading an article that you see pop up in the middle of your Instagram scrolling. I think that with social media being the leader, true journalism can’t really exist alongside it. People are so inclined to believe everything that they read, especially if they see that it was posted on Facebook by their favorite social media influencer. The truth is, there is more fake news today than there ever has been, and it’s because of social media. In real, written news, there is always truth. Behind those freshly printed words is a real person who made it their mission to get the whole story and to tell it with everything that they had. This was news that we could always rely on, but social media really has a way of portraying news these days. I do feel that social media destroyed true journalism and people really don’t understand the meaning of journalism anymore the way that it should be recognized.
Carli Cooper, Managing Editor
The Panther Post, Canton Academy