The Net and The News

News consumption has been rapidly evolving in recent years due to the advancements in Internet-reliant technologies. This week, the PEW research center released an article stating, “In 2013, 82% of Americans said they got news on a desktop or laptop and 54% said they got news on a mobile device.” The conclusion we can draw from the above statistics is that news consumption is beginning to depend on the Internet. So the question is: How do we optimize this relationship to benefit the consumer?

It starts with content consumption and the inevitable sifters that all articles must go through to reach the consumer in the current system. There is a question being asked in the social media world right now: whether or not algorithmically-designed news outlets are somehow narrowing the kinds of information Americans are consuming. Though this is a respectable and important question, it would appear that American news consumption is being lumped into one massive filter already, which makes for a solid argument for one possible reason: people have shifted to Internet-based news outlets.

Wouldn’t having an algorithmically-designed news channel accomplish just the opposite? Wouldn’t it make for a richer culture if when people sat down to discuss the news, they had all just got done reading from different articles, sources, and even channels? What are your thoughts on the matter?