Sunday, February 27, 2011

Staying in the loop

Reading Dusty's great blog gave me my topic for today.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a news junkie. "Glutton for punishment" is another applicable description. There have been occasional attempts to shield myself from the steady stream of information that now comes to us in an instant from anywhere on the planet, but in the end, I wanna know.

NPR is not paying me to say any of this:  People who follow the news on public TV and radio get a much different view from those who tune in to network news or most daily papers. This is changing, though -- there are almost as many kinds of "news experiences" available now as there are people.

Let's say you don't especially care about what's going on in North Africa at the moment. But you might have a Twitter feed or Facebook page with a few hundred friends, and a few of those folks do care about Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. They post a link to a story, and because you're interested in what catches their eye, you click. And you learn. Your perspective changes, whether you want it to or not.