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Breaking News is Broken – from Slate

April 21, 2013

Farhad Manjoo has written an interesting piece over at Slate that sums up nicely how terrible cable news outlets and, frankly, social news outlets are at actually getting breaking news right. Seriously, you should read it. And then stop paying attention to stories in real time, because what you’re watching or Tweeting mostly isn’t actually real. The real facts will come out, just not right away.

Manjoo suggests, and I agree, that the next day – after the news has happened – you should:

Spend about 10 minutes reading a couple of in-depth news stories about the events of the day. And that’s it: You’ve now caught up with all your friends who spent the past day and a half going out of their minds following cable and Twitter. In fact, you’re now better informed than they are, because during your self-imposed exile from the news, you didn’t stumble into the many cul-de-sacs and dark alleys of misinformation that consumed their lives.

He’s right.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 11, 2014 11:31 am

    Wow that was strange. I just wropte an extremely loong commennt
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr…
    wll I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say
    gresat blog!

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