We once relied solely on local newspapers, television and gossip for the latest trends. Since the advent of the Internet, newspapers have become a dying trend and are no longer the primary source of news related information. More and more people are relying on the Internet to stay informed and are turning to the sites they already visit regularly and regularly. Surprisingly, a multitude of platforms have emerged, offering new trends in a myriad of formats.
Most of these sites present reports in a very different format than traditional sites, which historically have been very objective and straightforward. News sites now offer more opinion-oriented articles. Often times, they present the news in an informative yet entertaining way in the hopes of competing with all the much less formal platforms offering fun and quirky reporting. Websites, including Facebook and Twitter, are changing the way we read news. They facilitate the integration of information into our daily activities.
Many of us check the news by surfing Facebook or Twitter, and turn to our friends’ profiles and stats for more on the latest news or gossip. Traditionally, our expectations have been very high when it comes to the accuracy of the source of information. Today, we have become more numb to receiving news from less reputable sources, accepting without validation claims that the information is in fact true and correct. Our friends’ latest Twitter status update is now an acceptable source of trending news, and people are speaking out on their opinions a lot more.
In the past, if we had a complaint or opinion about something we read in the newspaper, we would have filed a complaint hoping it would be read or published. Today, however, it only takes a click of a button to create a viral statement about what we’ve read or heard. We also have many more sources to validate what we have read in the newspaper or heard on television. We can see it not only from the “objective” point of view of traditional news sources, but also from the point of view of opinion. Sources like Twitter, Facebook, and other social platforms make it easier for us to see what others are saying and provide us with varied perspectives. Social networking sites effectively structure our communication to streamline our thinking. Even email seems outdated when we interact with our friends and share news on these innovative channels.