Video Essay Bláthnaid King


In this video, I talk about the role of the editor and editing process in the context of social media. The central issues that I focus on include: the impact of social media on editing, how the role of the editor has changed in the rapidly developing digital landscape of Web 2.0, and finally, I will discuss how research dissemination takes place on social media.

In order to address these issues, I construct theoretical definitions of what ‘editing’ and who the ‘editor’ is in the context of social media. From here, I then propose the different ways in which these definitions have changed from our classical conceptions and definitions. Finally, I look at the dissemination of information on social media and explore positive and negative implications of these new, non-traditional forms of research dissemination.

The importance of exploring the role of the editor and issues which are connected to it encourage us to think considerately about the digital activities that we may take part in. Additionally, understanding these issues allows us to think broadly about how we present ourselves online and what constitutes our virtual identities.

How social media will continue to change, develop and impact upon the role of the editor is not only interesting, but clearly very relevant to the times we live in today too.


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