Social Media, News Curves, and Crisis Curves

This site exists to help inform higher education’s civic engagement advocates about the relationship between technology and partnering with communities to address important issues. The assumptions that underlie our positions on issues are informed by a variety of sources of what we call “news.”

As people attempt to advocate for change in a world with social media, it is increasingly important to assess how we participate in the dissemination of news. The Holmes Report recently published a good piece by Gaurav Mishra , called: How Social Media Is Changing News And Crisis: The Crisis Curve Framework. According to Mishra:

“Social media is playing an important role in shaping the news curve. The news curve is becoming shorter in the “breaking news” and “context” stages, but longer in the “analysis” and “archival” stages. The news curve is also becoming more fragmented and news stories are becoming more viral. Different social media behaviors play different roles across the four stages of the news curve . . . The four stages in the crisis curve correspond to the four stages in the news curve: flash point, spotlight, blame game and resolution. Like the news curve, the crisis curve is becoming shorter in the “flash point” and “spotlight” stages, but longer in the “blame game” and “resolution” stages.”

It is an analysis that is useful for anyone who wants to connect information with action. Check it out.


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