Facebook v MSM.

September 16, 2008

We all know that local mainstream media (MSM) filters the news. There is that old adage that a fire down the street is worth more airtime than the 1000s killed yesterday in the Sudan. But if you try and keep up with all the news everywhere then you can feel overwhelmed. You can set up alerts in Google news but they will be restricted to whatever your interests happen to be at the time.

If there are events happening in the world that we ought to be aware of how do you find out?

I have presented before about the value of online social networks in keeping me aware of the latest news in my web, library and online interests.

Today Facebook came to the rescue in keeping me a bit more aware of a human tradegy happening. My cousin worked for the UN and is connected to me on Facebook. Yesterday my cousin commented on this photo and that comment was on my Facebook newsfeed. It has not been made private so I hope very much that the poster does not mind if I post the link here. I then had to go a seek out the news of what was happening in that part of the world.

I am not sure a what I can do but I am using my meager part of hyperconnectivity to respread this bit of news just to remind us that there are others things happening in the world besides the US election and the release of a new browser. 

Facebook won this round.

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