AT&D #21. Internet News Consumption

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How has the internet changed the way you consume news? Let’s also talk about social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Does social media influence your news diet? 

The Internet has changed the way I consume the news in many aspects. One instance was when news articles became a widely sought source in the early-mid 2000s due to its accessibility as a tool; I remember that my school always made me look up stories online (whether to present a current event or to cite one for research purposes, etc.) where due to that time, I grew up in the digital age of the Internet, I became accustomed to obtaining news via other means than watching TV (even though today, I prefer watching the news than I did as a kid). Certainly, the most profound aspect I can think of immediately other than accessibility is timing. Case in point: Facebook and Twitter.

As social media networks go, Facebook and Twitter are sources for inter/intrapersonal communication; such communication can generally focus on personal topics to more mainstream topics, such as the news. This is more pronounced when considering that Twitter has the “trends” sidepage and Facebook, the similarly formatted “trending” sidebar, each offering breaking news in a form of a descriptive sentence (Facebook) or hashtag (Twitter). In fact, because more people have a social networking account and are connected to them more than ever before, the news that users can receive (be it from another user or a trending story) is virtually faster than finding out about it via traditional means (such as waiting to watch TV or visit a website to dedicate time to read on something).

Notably, I first learned of the successful mission of tracking down and killing Osama Bin Laden via Facebook at least 20 minutes before television stations from all over interrupted programing that night to divulge the breaking story. Without a doubt, social media has impacted people on obtaining news and it does play a huge role in influencing my daily news diet.

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