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TOPIC: People rely on Social Media for News

People rely on Social Media for News 04 Nov 2016 14:18 #10805

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Writing a weekly forum posting, I don't know about you guys, but I find a lot of my topics/subjects via Facebook, while scrolling through my feed of people's pictures and celebrity news .
Quite frankly, I found this Huffington Post article on Facebook itself, which was "shared" by two of my friends. The article describes how an alarming number of people are depending on getting their daily news feed from a single online source, which happens to be Facebook.

www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/social-medi..._ref=trending-topics

Researchers have found that for several reasons, social media is a major source to get daily news updates and breaking news. For one, sites such as Facebook and Twitter can base interests and articles/links based on your profile information. If you "like" a particular celebrity on Facebook, entertainment news outlets such as E! or Access Hollywood can pay for ads to appear on your feed that entice you to read about a breaking news subject on that celebrity. Also, getting news via social media is CONVENIENT. You could be commenting on your best friend's new picture and then scroll down to find out about the polls for the presidential election. By having everything compacted together, both news and personal leisure, social media is an easy alternative than buying a newspaper or a magazine subscription. Yet, the reporter/publisher of this article has warned that this is not a good thing for us or our future. According to him, having the news come to us, allows us only access to the news we want. This translates to the fact that we can no longer explore new things or research about a new trending news item.

What is your opinion? I'm curious to know.
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