As of last year, Brazil has made it’s way to be the 6th largest economy in the world and only second to the United States where social media is concerned. However, this rapid growth is not entirely a good thing. The average Brazilian citizen is earning the same amount the average British citizen was earning over 60 years ago. The socio-economic gap between the wealthy and the poor is horrendous.
This is a picture of Sao Paulo’s extreme wealth and poverty located right next to each other.
Some people attribute this gap, as well as the issues with growth, inflation and wage shrinking that Brazil is experiencing to the journalism world. The middle-class are a huge part of social media. The Brazilians have been using social media to air their frustrations about the government and even coordinate demonstrations.
Brazilians protesting with a sign that says ‘No to Violence’ in Portuguese. (Credit: AP)
John Pulitzer, one of the first journalists, said that journalism is “an institution that should always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption….[it is] never satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.” Brazilian news outlets are having trouble with the guidelines that Pulitzer suggests. The Brazilian government, much like the United States’ government, promises freedom of speech and press. However, the Brazilian journalists report of what, but never who or why. The Rio Times believes that mas media is simply a mirror of the public’s collective mind.