Addiction or Progress?
If you're over thirty, you probably grew up getting most of your news from TV or the newspaper or over the phone. But I don't even subscribe to a newspaper anymore, and I often skip newscasts. Even my cell phone can go without a charge for days. Little by little, the internet has taken over my life. Now my main source of all news - international or family - is the Internet, either through one of the social media sources or emailed alerts from news media or emails from friends/family.
Here's where I heard about these recent stories/events:
1. The proposed Syrian agreement: Email alert from CNN
2. Putin's article in the New York Times: Twitter
3. That the price of chocolate is going up, and we should starting hoarding immediately: Facebook
4. Floods in Colorado: Google homepage news when I signed on to my web browser.
5. Score of that must-know football game that isn't on TV: ESPN scoreboard website.
6. Fire on the Boardwalk: Another email alert from CNN
7. Even the news that relatives are coming to visit! Personal email.
Admittedly, these aren't the only things I've heard recently, and I followed up on some by watching news shows on TV or discussing them with friends/family in person or on the phone, but more often than not the major follow-up was also via the Internet.
The Net with all its warts is an integral part of my life, keeping me in touch with the world, family and friends. And I haven't yet mentioned all the knowledge at my fingertips through Internet searches, including the ability to locate everything from old classmates to the latest movie ratings.
And you won't find me giving up my access anytime soon. :)
How about you? Do you share this addiction? Where did you hear about some of these same events?
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