Aggregation #2: Newsstands No More

There is something comforting about grabbing the daily paper from your local newsstand on the daily commute to work.  But, with technology only advancing the glory of the newsstand is becoming obsolete. Economically it is a simple concept: people are not buying newspapers as readily so the profit isn’t there for the small businesses. Production has a cost and staff must be payed but without profit it’s hard to pay staff, and due to the technological revolution newspapers, and all printed journalism for that matter, are becoming out of date.

The little mum and pop shops that many of us remember so fondly are not seeing much hope in the near future.  Whether or not print dies, its business model will.  For all printed media, have it be newspapers, book, magazines, or CDs, the profit is not what it used to be.

Not everything is bad though. Despite a lack of the warm fuzzy feelings of  not being able to pick up a paper from the local newsstand, this technological future has some cool verses up its sleave.  For example, virtual newsstands are becoming a big fad and there are many advantages to virtual news.  For example, there is no lag time, with technology you can get news nearly immediately. As many have probably seen on social media, it is a sure way to get the latest breaking news almost instantly.

As we move into the future, both time and money are what the world revolves around, and if the e-paper and social media are the best threads and cheap and speedy, naturally society is going to progress that way.

Even Apple has a Newsstand App, which lets you find, buy, and subscribe to magazines and newspapers.  Many would argue that nothing compares to hold a real newspaper in your hands, but it looks like technology is taking over and there’s not much we can do about it.

Aggregation #1: Facebook Knows You. Did You Know?

We are all victims of scrolling though our Facebook newsfeeds aimlessly, but when you stop and think about it, how often are you affected by the news that is presented on your personal newsfeed?  It always seems to be the same types of articles.  That’s because Facebook controls what comes up in one’s newsfeed by an algorithm. This means that what you have previously clicked on will depend on your what shows up in the present. This could have a huge affect on what types of news you hear.

A lot of people who log onto Facebook are seeing certain news for the first time, before seeing it on TV or other internet sources.  You see news and then won’t look elsewhere because everyone is preoccupied with other things, and it’s a good way to know what is going on. In the US, 64% of the population use Facebook, and 30% of those users get their news from it. Which can be described at an incidental experience, as 78% of Facebook users see news on their newsfeeds when they are on Facebook in the first place for other reasons.

Facebook’s algorithm helps to make your newsfeed tailored to you but what you see also depends on how often to click on links and what links are put up. There is something to be said about the placing of context on a Facebook page as well.  Studies show that the users click rate on hard news is affected by how and where the link is positions on one’s page.  If a post is placed at the top of one’s homepage it is 10-15% more likely to be clicked on. There are also filters for cross-cutting hard news that wouldn’t agree with your views.

News gest more biased as it passes though social media.  There is nothing we can really do expect be aware that what you see when you open up your newsfeed is based on what an algorithm equates you enjoy with a bit of controversy to your views to spice it up once in a while.