Monday March 30 | How do you Consume Media and get the News?

March 27, 2009 at 10:20 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

We’ll discuss the traditional avenues of media consumption and how things are changing today with the advent of cable news, internet news and social networking. We’ll also talk about the decline in the health of the newspaper industry and how it could be detrimental to the news industry as a whole.
Dr. Dean Kruckeberg
– Professor of Communication Studies, UNC Charlotte

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  1. I get my daily news updates from NPR, but I also spend most of my day in a car near a radio. Otherwise, I scan over online newspapers about a half dozen times a day to look for updates and read comments and opinions on the news. Increasingly, I am more interested in public opinion pertaining to news, than the actual news – which is so saturated in the many media outlets (everyone has the same stories, but some only online media has public dialogue and reaction). You’ll never get that with a one-shot newspaper.

    Also I feel guilty consuming so much paper (even though I recycle it) it seems like such a waste for 1 or 2 stories that I really care about.

    I envision the day when publishers will band their subsidiary media and charge a pay as you go fee – say you click on a Mcclatchy publication, and you get a popup window that directs you to accept the $.50 fee, which is linked to you pay pall account- no payment, just a bill for all the incremental sites you agreed to pay for over the last month (similar to text message fees on your phone).

    Lastly, I would hope the online newspapers would provide a more professional looking product before they begin to charge. With the innovations in web publishing, there is no reason you couldn’t have a newspaper look/read/and function exactly like a real newspaper – turn the page, circle ads with a virtual pen, sort through sections. Text won’t be enough to make me want to pay.

    And I am sick to death of celebrity gossip in newspapers – leave that to the tabloid magazines!

  2. Net neutrality, the ability of the surfer to freely choose sources, is vital now. If search engine operators and advertisers can limit or direct your access they can shape your opinion to their needs. In some ways I’m glad that media ownership is slipping from wealthy and global corporate hands because reporters and consumers will not be herded around anymore. Reliability comes from corroboration, people involved or on the spot telling the facts or sending images. I have never exercised my free speech more than on the internet (blogs like this one). I wish we’d had this technology in the 60s: Maybe we wouldn’t be in these terrible messes now.

    I always found local newspapers to be a mouthpiece for community elites and other connected schemers. Advertising dollars and collusion distorted the truth. (Social netvertising has a negative potential of manipulation and intensified “bad faith.”) We have to struggle for good information every hour now, but we get glimpses of daylight through conflicting outlets. Corporate dominance remains a problem, just like in politics.

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