There was a time when the three major television news networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) were the go-to places for millions of Americans wanting their news.
Flash-forward decades later, while those three networks still grab a sizable portion of the public viewing share, the trio are certainly not what they were even a decade or two ago.
While competitors such as CNN and FOX News have been quite relevant over the last few decades, it is in fact the Internet which has garnered much of the attention.
Whether it is Twitter, Facebook or countless other sites, millions of people are actually hearing about breaking events and even the rather mundane news on the web these days.
Now, whether that is a good thing or not, well that is for others to decide.
What is good is that more people are informed to one degree or another. By being informed, it allows for more discussion, something that typically is a good thing.
So, how are you learning about today’s events? If it is the Internet helping to inform and educate you, do you feel good about that? In the event you still rely on television and newspapers for your news, do you notice a major difference between those resources and what you see and hear online?
Some Major News Events in the Last Year
Unless you were under a rock of some sort, you likely heard about some of the biggest news events in the last 12 months.
Some of them proved to be rather shocking, while others were big, yet maybe would fall short of being tabbed Earth shattering.
Trump winning the presidency – Even some leaders in faraway countries had to take a second look when they saw Donald Trump elected as the 45th President of the United States. With Hillary Clinton all but a given to win the White House, Trump’s victory was interesting nonetheless. For weeks leading up to the Nov 8 election, social media was abuzz with both pro and anti-Trump folks giving their thoughts on who would win. As Election Night progressed, numerous social media sites began to call the race for Trump. Although Clinton chose not to speak to her supporters that evening, she did have a short phone conversation with Trump, congratulating him on his victory. Needless to say, social media is still talking months later as Trump’s presidency is viewed in myriad of ways nearly one month into its course. Even the President himself is staying busy on Twitter these days;
Opening of Jesus’ tomb – While it may not have gotten all the hits on social media or sold as many newspaper copies as Trump taking over in Washington, D.C., quite the stir was made with the mystery revolving around the opening of Jesus’ tomb in the Old City of Jerusalem last fall. For centuries, there was debate as to just exactly where Jesus was laid to rest following his crucifixion. As such, religious scholars and scientists were more than a bit interested for several days last October as the marble tomb over top the tomb of Christ was removed. For anyone with a religious background and/or interest in such things, the opening of the tomb for the first time in centuries is unmatched in terms of anticipation and excitement.
Refugee Crisis in Europe Impacts Millions
Refugee crisis in Europe – If you’re a regular on Twitter or Facebook, you would be hard-pressed over the last 12 months to not see references to the huge refugee migration crisis in various European countries. Much of that crisis was precipitated by the war in Syria and some other conflicts around the globe. With the U.S. having taken in thousands of refugees from Syria and other countries over the last 12 months, there has been much debate on and off of the Internet about whether or not this is wise. Time will tell if things improve or not on this front, but it is safe to say that the story is not going away anytime soon.
While some people will continue to rely on television networks, newspapers, magazines etc. to receive the bulk of their news, many others have solidified the Internet as their go-to place.
No matter how you go about becoming informed, having a nice balance of online and offline means to discover world events is likely your best bet.