In this day and age, in a device that can fit in the back of your pocket, we are able to have access to the weather, the news, our friends, our family, and endless hours of entertainment. The internet. A game changer in more ways than one (to say the least). The internet coincides perfectly with the push-button mentality of American society. "Push-button mentality" meaning finding easier and quicker ways to do things. But with this constant accessibility to this un-quantifiable amount of information, comes obvious draw backs. One industry that has been majorly compromised due to the internet-boom of the last 2 decades is the print news.
Almost all statistics show an evident decline in print newspapers sales. According to McChesney, American newspapers have lost 42% of their market value in the past 3 years. Only 23% of households are delivered a newspaper at the foot of their doors in the morning. So how are people getting their news?
Obviously on the internet, but where?
As of right now, Facebook leads the way as 64% of US adults use the site, while 34% get their news on this site (PewResearchCenter) and this phenomenon is only growing. With the ability of sharing anything with a push of a button internet users almost become reporters, as they weigh in their thoughts and opinions on the breaking news story. This can be dangerous is many ways. With so an overdrive of information, it's becoming harder to find credible news online when almost anyone can write, share, and send a story out to the world. Falsities and rumors tend to go viral, hurting the image of many. Without a whole fact-checking team working behind a print newspaper, information is just released.The easy "fast-food" way of getting the information is through a social media sharing site (i.e. Facebook), not waiting for a print newspaper.
It looks as though this trend of online quick easy news is set for exponential growth, but what this nation needs to adapt to this is a fact-filter to see what is credible/reliable or what's just here to cause a stir.