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I don't have to watch the news anymore. I have people who do that for me.

Technically, they don't do it for me, exactly. They do it for the internet. But it works out to the same thing. And I'm apparently not unusual in my preference - it seems that now people under 30 get more of their news from the internet then from tv.

It's not that I think crowd-sourced reporting can replace 'real' news, but it does have advantages. For one, it's fast. A story someone sees first-hand can be reblogged or twitted or tumbled or facebook shared, and I'll see it on my feed while official news outlets are just realizing something newsworthy has happened. Of course, part of that is because the official news has to do pesky things like 'conformation.' (Usually. Premature reports of Joe Paterno's death went from a student news twitter to the mainstream sites within minutes, before anyone thought to double-check.) People in large groups can be brilliant, or they can be idiots.

And there are times I want the experts, not an average, everyday view. There are times I want detailed investigative reporting and moving writing, not 140 character updates. But I'm more likely to find them when I'm on a 'social networking' then I am when I'm actually looking for news. I can follow cnn.com, my local newspaper's site, and maybe a few more - if I can stand scrolling through yet another article on what we've learned from this year's superbowl commercials - but I can't read everything. Luckily, I don't have to. I won't miss a good story as long as I know someone who read it, and thought it was interesting enough to share.

And it lets me see news from as many angles as I want. I like news commentary, but it usually runs the risk of giving a one-sided view. Now I don't have to watch one version of a political speech on CNN and wait for the hosts to give me their analysis later, because I can pick my own commentators and see the speech being liveblogged while I debate their observations in the comment section.

I care more when news a social activity, instead of something that is just on in the background. And when there seems to be little going on in the world that isn't bad, I need all the help I can get.

(I started thinking about this after I listened to A NPR interview with the author of a book on twitter. I saw it through a link on facebook.)



( 14 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )
Feb. 7th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
This is something I love about microblogging because I always need to stay on top of current events, and it's pretty much impossible without crowdsourced information feeds.
Feb. 7th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
I listen to NPR every day, at least Morning Edition. I often also listen to Tell Me More and All Things Considered as well. I don't use Twitter, and I don't really log onto Facebook. Sometimes I see stories that are posted on Livejournal, but mainly I find the daily exposure to the news pretty helpful. Plus, since I walk a lot, I can combine the two via NPR.
Feb. 7th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
I do get most of my news from the internet these days. Usually I read a whole story though, instead of twitter-style news.
Feb. 7th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Great intro, great execution of the concept.
Feb. 8th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Are you familiar with longform.org? It melds the internet aggregate and expert/in depth worlds pretty well, though it isn't always of the "breaking news" variety.
Feb. 8th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
I love getting my news from Twitter. I especially love the Libyan tweeps - and they did link to more in-depth stories and blog posts, and heartbreaking YouTube videos.

After a while I learned how to tell what was a rumor and what was probably true, and to wait for confirmation before getting too excited. You can't believe everything that's tweeted, but with a little experience and discrimination you can filter out the fake stuff and the exaggerations and gossip.

I'm just a bit over 31, but I definitely get all my news online. Watching the mainstream media makes me sick to my stomach.
Feb. 8th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
I agree! I love that we get the mix of stories "endorsed" by our friends while still having the option to get mainstream news, too. I'm an internet, NPR, New Yorker and Daily Show person :)
Feb. 8th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
I like it, well done.
Feb. 8th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
Topical piece about how news broadcasts have changed: and now we have Twitter...UGH. But news on line does make sense.
Feb. 8th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
There's a handful of news feeds available on LJ in the feeds section, too -- that's where I get most of my news. But the important stuff does seem to show up on someone else's LJ. :)
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
it is rather amazing when you stop to think how much the way we receive news has changed, and how quickly it's evolved and continues to.

Edited at 2012-02-08 07:48 pm (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
I still enjoy thumbing through the daily newspaper but if I want 'more' of something, I check the web.
Feb. 9th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
I get so much of my news from the same source. It's the norm now, but I keep thinking I need to work on knowing more about the world by seeking out the news myself.
Feb. 9th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
People in large groups can be brilliant, or they can be idiots.

This is so very true!
( 14 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )


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