Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Twitter or Television?

Posted by laurenivey22 on January 30, 2017

While reading the assigned essays and “How to Read This Book” I realized just how much I, along with many other individuals in this generation, rely on social media sites such as, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook for our daily news readings. Many older generations either get their updated knowledge on the news through newspaper articles or watching the daily news every night on television. The way I see it, getting all of your updated news information off of social media can be both convenient and risky.

Getting your information of what is happening in the world off of social media is convenient because you get it off of your phone, which is always in your hand, instead of having to wait another week for the newspaper to arrive or waiting until 11pm at night to watch the news on your television. It is an on-the-go convenient way to stay updated with what is going on in the world.

While it may be convenient, getting your news off of social media can be risky due to the false advertisement, or made-up rumors that tend to surf the internet. My suggestion would be that if you find something interesting, that catches your attention, you should do some background research to make sure that topic is truly real.

In “The History of Spreadable Media” it is greatly shown just how much technology and our way of getting information has advanced, and while I believe this is true, I still think we have a long way to go.



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