A week ago, a hacker took over the AP Twitter account and posted a message about the US president being attacked. The stock market went on a nose dive.
A few weeks ago, hundreds of thousands of people watched the Boston Marathon “live” via Twitter. Millions then followed developments regarding the horrific bombings via Twitter.
The same can be said for nearly any recent story. We’re getting news in a new way. Television news continues to warp into entertain-news to fill the 24/7 news cycle and attempt to capture the fickle interest of viewers. Meanwhile, anyone with an opinion can post a comment on Facebook or Twitter, claiming it is “fact.”
The interesting thing is that it’s easy to be led astray by the entertain-news and pseudo-factoids online.
Until it matters.
When a bombing happens. Or a fertilizer plant explosion. Or the attempted assassination of a world leader. Or the outster of a controversial CEO.
Entertain-news and pseudo-factoids can’t address the real news that affects real life. Sources that are checked and double checked before being shared. Accurate information in real time.
And that’s why I follow real journalists on Twitter.
Despite the decimation of news rooms and discouraging outlook facing J-school graduates, I want to reiterate one thing: