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I was wrong about the internet


(The following is an excerpt from a speech by Rupert Murdoch posted on the Sail-World website.)

We need to realize that the next generation of people accessing news and information, whether from newspapers or any other source, have a different set of expectations about the kind of news they will get, including when and how they will get it, where they will get it from, and who they will get it from. Anyone who doubts this should read a recent report by the Carnegie Corporation about young peoples changing habits of news consumption and what they mean for the future of the news industry.

According to this report, and I quote, There's a dramatic revolution taking place in the news business today, and it isn't about TV anchor changes, scandals at storied newspapers or embedded reporters. The future course of news, says the study's author, Merrill Brown, is being altered by technology-savvy young people no longer wedded to traditional news outlets or even accessing news in traditional ways. Instead, as the study illustrates, consumers between the ages of 18-34 are increasingly using the web as their medium of choice for news consumption. 

The full text is posted on the Sail-World website



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I agree completely with Mr Murdoch's opening paragraph. A little beyond his point but, I think very important is the acceptance of accuracy, or lack thereof. The web has become the greatest source of information and at the same time the greatest source of missinformation! Traditional news sources must pass at least some editor scrutiny but anyone can write anything on the web at any time with total impunity.5/18/2005 7:19:36 AM
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