Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Real News

Serious Stuff

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds Americans of all ages are charting their own paths across a media landscape that no longer relies on front pages and evening newscasts to dictate what’s worth knowing.

They still pay heed to serious news even as they seek out the lighter stuff, according to the Media Insight Project. The conclusions burst the myth of the media “bubble” — the notion that no one pays attention to anything beyond a limited sphere of interest, like celebrities or college hoops or Facebook posts.

“This idea that somehow we’re all going down narrow paths of interest and that many people are just sort of amusing themselves to death and not interested in the news and the world around them? That is not the case,” said Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute.

—Connie Cass, Associated Press writer, “Poll: People still seek meaty news on media buffet,” March 18, 2014

• Editorial Comment: They still like us, they really like us! (Or so they tell the pollsters....)

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
Ted, Leaving Tsunami Zone


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