Trial by Tweet? Social Media Innovation or Degradation? The Future and Change for Courts
Pamela D. Schulz
University of South Australia - School of Communication and International Studies; University of South Australia
Pamela D. Schulz, 'Trial by Tweet Social Media Innovation or Degradation? The Future and Challenge of Change for Courts' (2012) JJA, pp. 29-36
The growth, exponential influence and scope of participation in social media, challenging modern media outlets is rivalling that of nation states. The power of this media spectrum is forming a new style of public square and the demise of the spiral of silence. Social media particpation appears to be demomcratice input that can affect public policy and perhaps affect court adminstration and outcomes. This article argues that while courts must become more media savvy and modernise their methods of information outputs, it is also incumbent upon them to consider the theoretical impact and practices at work and how to ensure the delivery and deissemination of relevant responsive information and maintin the integrity and independence of courts and the judiciary.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: social media, courts, discourse analysis, integrity of process, mob rule online
Date posted: November 21, 2012