Internet beats out newspapers: Pew Center

Dateline: Sun 28 Dec 2008

Thanks to the friend who sent the following story published Dec. 23 (Tuesday) by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:

"The internet, which emerged this year as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as a main source for national and international news.

"Currently, 40% say they get most of their news about national and international issues from the internet, up rom just 24% in September 2007. For the first time in a Pew survey, more people say they rely mostly on the internet for news than cite newspapers (35%). Television continues to be cited most frequently as a main source for national and international news, at 70%.

"For young people, however, the internet now rivals television as a main source of national and international news. Nearly six-in-ten Americans younger than 30 (59%) say they get most of their national and international news online; an identical percentage cites television. In September 2007, twice as many young people said they relied mostly on television for news than mentioned the internet (68% vs. 34%).

"The percentage of people younger than 30 citing television as a main news source has declined from 68% in September 2007 to 59% currently. This mirrors a trend seen earlier this year in campaign news consumption...

"The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Dec. 3-7 among 1,489 adults, finds there has been little change in the individual TV news outlets that people rely on for national and international news. Nearly a quarter of the public (23%) says they get most of their news from CNN, while 17% cite Fox News; smaller shares mention other cable and broadcast outlets."

I find TV as a source for news troubling. Sure, it's fast and up-to-the-minute, but what it makes for in speed it loses in depth. However, the kids -- people under 30 -- prefer the internet.

The newspaper is dead; long live the internet. And speaking of the devil, here is the link to the Pew site:

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1066/internet-overtakes-newspapers-as-news-source

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