Years ago before the social web, photographers helped change the course of history through their imagery. They ended wars with them and convinced the public to become outraged. In more recent years, photos emerge of other atrocities like Guantanamo Bay, the treatment of women in foreign countries, etc. But with so much going on on the web, we tend to pay less attention to the issues that matter. Therein lies the problems that that modern photojournalist faces.
In today’s social web, the general public acknowledges or reacts to world issues with a like, an emoji, etc. Then after that, they continue to scroll through their feed perhaps not batting an eye at it anymore. Instead, the idea that we’re entertaining ourselves to death is true.
So how do photojournalists adapt?