Now tell me who doesn’t want to be famous? Citizen Journalism is derived from every day people exposing stories and having the Authority to do so. Authority is the essence of gate keeping, it provides a stamp of approval, authority also provides closure for the individual.
British journalist, Andrew Marr suggests that Citizen Journalism has “nothing to do with journalism at all”, further stating it’s all just a drunken rant instead. Overnight fame has occurred like this before, in a young female lying to reporters about a Shooting incident, the infamous Chick Chick Boom.
Clare Werbeloff is her name, and given that she had the authority to talk out to channel 9 was completing legal. However, her story was false and was in fact a joke dared by a friend. She proclaimed this joke later online, with “Got a little too loose in the Cross on Sat ha ha enjoy my clip.” This case of Citizen Journalism propelled the young female to overnight stardom, inciting even a clothing range. She also got herself an agent to deal with the media offers that followed included a photo-shoot in ZOO weekly that she turned down. Miss Werbeloff had the authority to say what she wanted, but was it acceptable? That night someone was shot, and the victim on that evening came out and stated “I’m just a bit upset about the fact that I’ve been shot and that I almost lost my life and there’s this girl all over the news getting popular all because she has no brains.”
Authority or Alcohol-intoxicated Stupidity?