According to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center
, Americans are turning to online news sources more often.
When asked where they got their news "yesterday", 57 percent of the 3,011 respondents included local television among their sources, 49 percent included national television, 49 percent included radio and 43 percent included the Internet.
By comparison, only 38 percent said they had read a local newspaper, and 17 percent, a national paper.
Among the more intense home users of the Internet, who account for 40 percent of all home broadband customers, 71 percent said they had used online sources for news, while 59 percent cited local television, 53 percent mentioned radio and 52 percent cited national television newscasts.
Actual newspapers are really at a disadvantage. Other than investigative news pieces, newspapers have nothing good going for them if people have the internet. The internet offers access to every piece of news in the world, as it happens. Who would want to read about yesterday’s news in a newspaper, when they could read it online as it happens?
Because you can find a news source to fit your exact likings on the internet, online news has a second advantage over all other news mediums. If you want to read from a liberal point of view, you know where to find it. The internet really is the whole world at your finger tips.
Just as noteworthy was the rise of foreign and non-traditional news sources for high-speed home Web users. One-quarter get their news from such sources, like the Al-Jazeera and British Broadcasting Corp (BBC) websites, and, to a lesser extent, websites which aggregate news like the conservative Newsmax.com and the liberal Alternet.com.
This is an interesting trend that really speaks about the public’s view of our main stream media. Some people really think that our news really sugar coats things, especially in regards to Iraq, and feel that they need to leave the country to find an accurate picture.
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