Social Media has changed the way that we seek and obtain information. With print publications falling in numbers this past decade due to the growth of the internet, development of social media platforms and a lowly economy, many newspapers have become almost irrelevant in today’s society.
It’s amazing to think just 60 years ago that Americans routinely learned of “Breaking News” each morning when the paper was delivered prior to the crack of dawn.
That has all changed.
With the rapid growth of social media platforms such as twitter and Facebook, news breaks as it happens. Look no further than just two-plus months ago when the United States spearheaded a raid on the compound of Osama Bin Laden. Before President Obama had the opportunity to address the nation to report that “Geronimo” was “EKIA”, the news broke on twitter.
Perhaps what is even more amazing is the story of the Pakistani national who unwittingly live tweeted the raid in Abbottabad.
News is imperative and how we seek that information is constantly changing. For further proof, check out this study to show how print media has evolved over the past three centuries in the United States. The information is simply remarkable.