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The Usage and Significance of Aliases in Online Journalism: A study of the Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper, Saudi Arabia
Journalism & Communication
Pages 15 (3765 words)
Saudi Arabia is a conservative Islamic state. It is bound to remain so until further notice. The laws that limit press freedom and freedom of speech continues to subsist. This gives a strong case for the use of aliases and anonymous names to protect contributors.
This is because most traditional newspapers utilise the Internet to disseminate their information quickly and conveniently. This is done effectively through the use of social networking media and systems like Facebook and Twitter (Kuzma, 2010; Batkiewicz, 2011; Fuchs, 2011; Janssen, 2012). Most traditional newspapers have online newspapers which they run alongside the traditional papers that they sell. These online newspapers have the advantage of speed and convenience. This is because as the number of users of the Internet continues to increase, more and more people spend more time reading and accessing information online rather than the local newspaper shop. This means that press houses that roll out information online are more likely to get access to readers long before traditional newspapers are rolled out and distributed. Online newspapers produce real-time information for readers to access. Another feature of online newspapers lies in its interactive nature. In practice, most online newspapers can have columns which allows readers to share their views and opinions about topics after they read an article. Interactivity allows the newspapers to link issues to the problem of members in the wider society because it allows readers to air their views and opinions which can be used to enhance the social constructivism of the discussion at hand. On the other hand, this comes with some disadvantages as well. ...
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