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From television to Myspace, we have just about every form of “news” there can be. But whatever happened to getting the scoop from your doorstep on Sunday Morning?
The black and whites are undergoing a slow and painful death. Technology now dominates the media and if you can’t read it on a screen, well then it’s not worth reading. In this world of dot-com crazed maniacs, if you want to be heard, you better start blogging.
Facebook and Twitter have become the “it” information sites. When something goes down these two media networks are the first to channel the news. Teens, twenty-somethings and even adults update their Facebook status or send out a Twitter Tweet. However, even though the primarily internet-based news forms essentially function in the same manner—each acting as a news outlet—the websites drastically differ from one another. Sure, each site seems to send simple updates to friends and followers, but there is something disturbingly different about informing readers of your new haircut via pictures or informing readers of CNN worthy news via facts and articles.
In the battle of Twitter verses Facebook the latter might as well wave the white flag because the social sanctuaries just don’t link up. While Facebook, founded in 2003, employs a variety of features including the ability to create photo album after photo album of pictures delving into a life only known to you and your family (but viewed by strangers as well), Twitter is strictly a text based micro-blog. Created in 2006, the SMS based broadcast has quickly secured more popularity than its predecessor.
To some, Facebook is a staple in their social lives, but to those who aren’t so proud of their technology-based leisure, it’s merely "a way of keeping in touch with long lost friends" (why you would want to see how your best friend from first grade is doing twenty years later, I don’t know.) Personally, pixilated people are not my idea of good company, and if I absolutely must find out what Jane’s weekend was like, I’ll refrain from cyber-stalking and call her.
Superficial and mindless, Facebook is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of voyeurism—an invisible window that peers into intimate elements making what should be private, public. It’s a technologically savvy and secretly convenient way of getting a sneak-peek into other people’s lives.
Absent of scantily clad and perfectly posed pictures showing everyone how much fun you had this weekend, Twitter provides followers with just the facts. The website consists of only text—aside from the thumbnail of a picture at the top of the blog—giving you the skinny on what’s going on in the world. Never have I seen CNN or TIME with a Facebook. A Twitter account? Yes.
Online junkies are in vogue in this world of email accounts and inboxes, so if you’re going to be an e-newsie (which is the best kind of newsie you can be), do it with Twitter becuase Facebook is dead. But, I guess we should have seen it coming. After all, video killed the radio star. Technology—it’s a dog-eat-dog world.