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Where Did You See That?

Where Did You See That?

In today’s “On The Media” column in the National Journal, William Powers considers how it is we get our news and information today, speculating that blogs, and the Internet driven by human filtering — not network news and newspapers — have become the key component in driving our awareness of daily news stories:

“Today, the only media outlet that everyone follows is called Did You See? Did you see what happened to those contractors in Iraq? Did you see the new study about television and attention deficit? Did you see what that mother in Texas did to her kids?”

New media products that draw the most attention these days tend to be those that serve the needs of a Did You See world. Blogs, those online journals of commentary and links, are all effectively Did You Sees, one person’s effort to boil the news of the world down to a handful of salient items. [Via Romenesko]

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