Ekstrom points out in Research on Media and Democracy that two disparate attitudes exist on young people and their relations to politics. The pessimistic idea suggests that young people do not participate enough in politics and are not familiar with political environment. They spend much time on entertainment and consumption instead of political affairs. On the contrary, optimists stress opportunities for new forms of democratic involvement and public debates.
In my perspective, I agree with Ekstrom that the political environment itself is changing and young people are growing in a democratic and engaging way that is more empirical than simply learn how to participate in politics. I read an article called New Visibility by John B. Thompson (https://www.dropbox.com/s/mn26m2fxqp5wxvq/THE%20NEW%20VISIBILITY-LINKED.pdf?dl=0 ), which concludes three reasons for a prevalence of scandal reporting in political journalism.
Young people may also feel a trend of scandal reporting in political area. Advanced techniques make it possible for public to unveil the hidden reality and get closer to those famous people and political leaders. The essence of politics does not change and the leaders do not present a worse moral behavior than before. It is the new media that disclose a mysterious life of people who used to be far from their subjects. Therefore, changes appear in communication and surveillance technologies, journalism and political culture lead to a new form for young people to participate in politics.
Instead of blindly follow some political leaders by their obscure announcement, young people seems less interested in choosing a side and voting for a certain political party. In the flow of mass information, young people grow up with picky eyes to deal with them. They learn to find out what they need and scrutinize news with experienced sense.
Young people have more space and platform to express their opinions and show their values. At the same time, they stretch out information under new visibility. I believe a tendency of democracy is in practice under such circumstance.
While information emerge in huge amount every day, journalists should take responsibilities of providing useful and valuable news.should also keep in mind their obligations when using the Internet. Except from Barger and Barney(2013) defined that journalism’s moral obligations of facilitate and engage, journalist in real industry also says that providing the truth and well organize their news are of great importance. (https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/90574570/posts/585 )
After all, they make a living on journalism, they should obey professional obligations in return.