In these days and times so called "regular people" have much more of a voice than ever before. We're all walking news and media outlets due to the fact most of us carry smart phones, laptops and/or tablets on a daily basis. Plus most of us have access to computers as well. No mater what devices we have on or around us, we now have the ability to share our own experiences and those of the people around us via social media. That's a pretty cool thing. It's also kinda scary and comes with great responsibility. In my time on the internet I've seen pretty much anything you or I can think of in terms of content and people's reactions to it. I've seen people discuss all kinds of things. Good, bad, and ugly. There are plenty of opinions out there, and people willing to express them no matter who much you may or may not want to hear them. That said, one of the most interesting things I've noticed online is the way people report and share information about serious topics. Gone are the says where watching the news, listening to the radio and/or reading a newspaper were the only places we get our news. Nowadays most of us, myself included, get the majority of our news and information from our Twitter timeines and the podcasts we listen to. I personally prefer those places now. I do follow a few local news stations and some national and international news outlets for the "Official word" on things, but lots of the information I get about things like Ferguson, Baltimore, or Charleston have come from people on the ground in those communities. I hate that they have to report those situations, but I appreciate the fact that I can get real time, unfiltered accounts of what is happening. As we've all realized over time, the news we get from mainstream media is edited, filtered, and used to construct narratives. Depending on where you get it from, the biases, and narrative building are strong in one area or another. Plus, depending on the medium in which they are distrubuted in you have a limited amount of time and only get the key pieces of the story. Or, at least the pieces the people in charge decide are key. For example, the stories you see on your local TV news may only be about 2 minutes long, if that. Radio is even shorter. So, by the time news reaches us via mainstream media it's been watered down and spun in whatever direction fits the source. Yes, people in the streets may have their own agendas as well, but in general I feel like those on the front lines are telling us things as they see them in the moment. They're grabbing their phones, or other devices and saying what they know about the situation in real time. Once more information comes out, things can be ammended or updated as needed. So, for many of us, the most trusted name(s) in news are the people we read, listen to, and interact with otherwise because of social media, podcasts, and other forms of communication. We the people, are creating and reporting the news.