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kstaron
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kstaron,
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7/31/2015 | 8:57:37 AM
One more part of the problem
I understand that you might get something resembling news pushed your way on facebook or twitter, but it's not exactly a source of news. It's more like the frantic chatter at the water cooler after someone hears there might be layoffs. Full of reactionary phrases and half truths. I'd rather say I got my news from VICE than from twitter. That said it's getting harder and harder to find actually news and not just commentary. When supposed news programs say it's not our job to verify the facts only report the news, the system of getting your news breaks down pretty quick. Thinking of facebook and twitter as news is just one more part of the problem.
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7/20/2015 | 4:33:12 PM
Re: A better source of news
I hear you @David - although I think there is something to be said for having access to "breaking news" at the moment it is actually breaking, as opposed to waiting to hear about it until it has been "fact-checked" to death. (Don't get me wrong, I understand the need for journalistic integrity, but feel like something has to change so people have access to timely news stories)

I use some questionable sites (twitter, the daily mail) to get news feeds and sometimes I see the same story run on CNN DAYS later.  

But, I am also aware of the fact that I can't completely take everything that's written as God's honest truth - I take it with a grain of salt and keep my eye on developments in the story.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/20/2015 | 11:51:40 AM
Re: A better source of news
Agreed. Personally, I think we've gotten to attached to the idea that because our friends liked something we will. I have very different taste in a lot of things from my friends. That makes them no less a friend, but i don't want them telling me what news to read or what movie to watch.
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7/20/2015 | 3:34:56 AM
A better source of news
I use Google News and prefer its aggregated style and abilty to add topics over the complete-pipeline-from-a-single-source style that Facebook and Twitter promote. Too many uninteresting topics come from the latter and do not allow one to easily have or find multiple looks at the same story.


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