Non-Stop News And Noise In The Age Of TwitterPosted: February 7, 2012
Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post fears that the use of scoail media in this years election has gone overboard. In doing so, Calderone believes that the “big picture” is being overlooked as it’s being broken up into millions of trivial bits and peices. He uses Donald Trump’s endorsement of Mitt Romney as a prime example of how social media; specifically Twitter can make a 24 hour news day feel like a week.
Although everyone appears to be addicted to social media as their source of election news, Pew Research shows that “fewer Americans are closely following news about the presidential campaign than four years ago.” And those who are following the news may be missing the larger truths by focusing on the frame-by-frame reports of Twitter and such. In relation to Public Affairs it seems that the more news, the more informed the people, the stronger the democracy. So, theoretically the influx of campaign information in social media is arguable the most effective way to stay on top of current events than ever before. But is there such a thing as too current an event? Do we need to know every last thing that’s occurring? Or should quality news reporting be valued of quality?