Non-Stop News And Noise In The Age Of Twitter

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?

Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/gop-primary-2012-media-twitter-news-cycle_n_1252925.html?1328634459,http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/290024/trump-endorses-romney-katrina-trinko,http://www.people-press.org/2012/01/18/campaign-2012-too-negative-too-long-dull/

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2 Comments on “Non-Stop News And Noise In The Age Of Twitter”

  1. hkreese says:

    I feel that there is a significant amount of credibility to Mr. Calderone’s opinion! I can relate to his feeling that the ‘big picture’ can be compromised by the sheer speed of our social media. Piecing together that bigger picture behind political figure Twitter feed by Twitter feed can be likened to reading an in-depth essay through a series of individual sentences- overwhelmingly detailed and lacking in any tangible uniformity. However, ‘news’ really does occur at every hour of every day, and is not always a grandeur of complexity. Cyber media such as Twitter provide an accessibility to the the current endeavors and thoughts of our political figures that is unique to our generation, and this accessibility, although fuzzy with detail at times, allows the population to intimately connect with each other. News happens regardless of how often we have access to it anyway, so it might behoove us to adjust to the pace of social media and take it upon ourselves to seek the bigger picture.

  2. cybrown1 says:

    We live in the age of the 24-hour news cycle. Man journalist feel the pressure to publish new stories, reports, rumors and news daily. Now, instead of perhaps reading a few stories a day containing significant info, we see hundreds of “stories” that contain nothing of material importance.

    Having said that, I don not believe that news spreading as soon as it occurs is a bad thing. The problems arise when readers see a report, take it at face value, and do not look or think about the subject further. What readers should do is become conscious of reports and facts, then allow time for all events to play out, so the information can be contextualized.

    news reporting on Twitter is a double-edged sword. Journalists write pieces of no particular importance and the public believes what they first hear and don’t wait for other facts. In a sense, both sides have created the problem.

    -Cy Brown


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