Taylor Swift apparently stalked her fans on social media (or her staffers did) and then sent the fans gifts that appear, in this video at least, to be specifically and thoughtfully chosen for those individuals.
Is this news?
Is this video a piece of journalism?
Right now, all of my traditional journalism friends are scoffing at me. But think about what we have in this video: there is a documented presentation of the events as they unfolded, and the story is about one of the most famous celebrities on the planet. The video has received 15 million views since it was posted on December 31.
In the age of the Internet, when people get their information from a gazillion different places (TV, radio, print, online, etc), can anyone really define what is or isn't journalism?
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