Mashable Social Media Day 2013 – a-LIVE and kicking!


#Onna_ithin we’re here! Welcome to Park Street Mews – or rather, welcome to Mashable Social Media Day, presented by Etisalat. SMDay is, quite incidentally, being held at Park Street Mews. It’s not like a certain part of our team got lost trying to get in and ended up stranded in the car park *cough* *cough*. Joining us here today is a whole bunch of tweeps, Facebook-ers – a who’s who of Sri Lankan Social Media. Now most  of y’all might have heard the awesome buzz surrounding this particular event. For those of you who couldn’t make it, watch this space and keep an eye on our Twitter account! Updates, people! They’re free!   
Disclaimer: no cats were harmed in the making of this live blog.



  1. While Groundviews is a form of citizen journalism, I was referring to a more basic form of the concept… For the most part GV publishes commentaries from experts and professionals who have credibility and would be given space on local newspapers as well.
    And I'm guessing that there's some form of moderation there.
    What I was referring to with regard to citizen journalism is the un-moderated content where anyone, even those who don't have an academic background on a particular subject, and wouldn't typically get space on a local newspaper, are able to share their views with the public.
    So citizen journalism content is more or less one-sided, as writers may not be able to interview the other party (government, politicians, police, and so on– and even if they attempt to those mentioned aren't likely to give them a comment if they aren't from a media organisation).
    And just to add, citizen journalism transcends into photographs and videos, so it's not just written content. But there too with photo-manipulation and such you can't be use how reliable that information is, so these would be constraints.

  2. Well I don't think you should, because that's like saying The Daily Mirror is journalism. Whiles it's popular and we consider it to be a reliable source of information, there are other media organisation that work differently and are widely read and more or less believed. Take our state paper, The Daily News or The Sunday Observer, which have the highest readership in the island, many would say that's journalism. Or a local tabloid paper that is bent on sensationalism, the writers would still consider themselves journalists. Same applies to citizen journalism.
    So it's a lot more complex than you seem to think.


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