The Royal Wedding is expected to get plenty of coverage: 8,000 journalists. But there will be more citizen journalism than ever before. In the last Royal Wedding with Prince Charles, journalists and photographers helped shape the romantic atmosphere for the public. Everyone tuned in to hear their depiction of the events.
This Royal Wedding will allow the public to attend and provide their own commentary, literally. The Royals decided to open the wedding up to social media. They even have their own YouTube channel: The Royal Channel.
So go ahead, download the smart phone app, follow the tweets updates (#rw2011), tune in at 10 AM London time on Friday, send best wishes to their YouTube channel and attend the event on Facebook. I know that I will be up at 5am watching and tweeting right along with you.
But why are we so interested in this iconic Royal couple? I personally don’t want to be the only one who didn’t watch. It is news. But as I tuned in to my morning radio station, I heard the morning talk show hosts debate about whether or not the excitement for the Royal Wedding was un-American. Their argument: We left the British empire, so we should not care. They then said that they understood why women would watch (for the romance and fashion) but not men.
You have got to be kidding me. Un-American because we are our own country! People tune in to our latest news and events from other countries all the time. If you ask me the Royal Wedding will connect people all over the world by integrating social media into their events.
Yes, it is just a wedding ceremony. But when millions (maybe even billions) of people are all watching, reading, and engaging about the same thing at the same time, the wedding will turn into much more than just a ceremony.