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How are you getting your news?

Posted by lpearle on 15 July 2004

Wired News: New Media’s Age of Anxiety: “More readers than ever are getting their news on the Net, while newspaper readership continues to hemorrhage and TV news outlets struggle. While a little more than 50 percent of Americans admit to reading a newspaper each week, a growing number — 15 percent and rising — are turning to the Internet.”

Adam L. Penenberg is writing a series about news in this Internet age, and how publishers are responding. Since I edit the website for Knowledge Quest, this sort of thing interests me. I’ve not joined the read-the-newspaper-on-line movement, because I find that my eyes start to wander and I just can’t focus. I’m also a big believer in the efficacy of print — not veracity, because there’s an inherent bias in all “news”, but the font, clarity of type, ease of use, etc. make it my newsdelivery source of choice.

One neat tool I’ve found that helps with finding news on the web is Columbia Newsblaster, a summary of what’s new (NB: it doesn’t get updated every day).

Even more disturbing to me, however, is that many people — particularly those under 40 — seem to be getting their news from places like “The Daily Show”. I like John Stewart and enjoy the show, but I don’t think he’s providing me with news.


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