Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The 3-Second News Cycle

Train Wreck

“Much of [the] journalistic process of verifying and making sense of news reports used to happen behind the scenes, inside newsrooms and TV studios and newswire offices. Increasingly, however, it is happening out in the open, where anyone can see it—and where anyone can take part in it by committing what Andy Carvin of NPR has called ‘random acts of journalism.’

“German chancellor Otto von Bismarck allegedly warned that anyone who enjoys either the law or sausages should not watch either one being made, and the same is true of the news. But we have no choice but to watch now, because it is happening all around us.

“The result of this for journalistic entities of all kinds is that the ‘news cycle’ is being accelerated, like a train whose brakes have failed. . . .”

—Matthew Ingram, senior writer,
GigaOM “Twitter and the incredible shrinking news cycle,”
Feb. 13, 2012

• Editorial Comment: The news cycle is about 3 seconds. I get that. Go to the bathroom and you miss four elections, 19 murders, Europe’s failure and nine celebrity divorces. What’s sad is when 140 characters carry more depth than a half-hour newscast.

• Free Humiliation: Take this quiz on the 25 most misspelled (or mispelled?) words.

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