03 June 2008

AP Studies Youth News Consumption

Alan at "Reflections of a Newsosaur" shares the findings of a recent study conducted by the Associated Press. For those who might not know, the AP is the world's largest newsgroup. Most of the stories you read when you occasionally pick up a newspaper are pulled from the newsgroup's wire.

With newspapers facing massive subscription losses, AP wanted to find out if young people took in their news differently. The assessment was that "Jon Stewart is the archetype of next-generation journalism." Why? Because Jon has the ability to spin negative news into palatable news using humor. Check out Alan's story, and let him know what you think about the study's results.

I found this phrase most illustrative of the whole situation:
"the Polaroid-packing team"
Did you know that Polaroid is officially outdated? That's right, as of late last year, Polaroid no longer manufactures their patented film anywhere in the world. Polaroid cites the prevalence of digital camera technology as the main reason for plummeting sales. See any parallels between Polaroid and print media?

Here's a question for you:
Where do you get most of your news, and if you don't pay attention to the news, why not?

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