The media has a lot of influence on news and really everyone's lives because we need technology to do work and really survive in this world. Information is easily accessible and can be written by anyone. More and more will become digital and it could be great but also be bad because sometimes when we discover more we forget about where we came from. That is very important to know where you are and where you've been. The Nemo article was very weird. reading about how they named a snow storm instead of a hurricane. It must be a new trend. However, it was very interesting to see that not all took on the name. Others thought it was unnecessary and dumb. I would say the T'eo hoax was very thought provoking. Seriously thinking about how an emotional event turned out to be fake is disturbing. I realized how much stories can be fake just so others get some publicity. Sometimes I feel like the emotions are genuine but other times its like dude what were you thinking?
Yes - the media is also very influential by the stories they elect not to cover. Have you noticed there is more news about the Oscar's this week than about the sequester?
The most thought-provoking article would probably be the article on the fact that Time magazine publishes one of its longest pieces. Basically being, why is that a tweet worth story? Is it simply a ploy to get us to read the article? The topic is great, Why Medical Bills are Killing us, but why not that be the tweet. I know there are a few people out there that would be like OH BOY, a 36 page article, woo hoo I can't wait, however, I think there are quite a few of us that would like our information short and sweet.THe most unusual tweet I found was one about How many clicks does it take to get anywhere on the Web. The things people think of to try and figure out! 19 clicks.. to get from one page on the Web to any other one, in 19 clicks. Who cares? I did find it humorous that they reference Kevin Bacon in there, now that is interesting! And from the lack of comments on this article, I think it would be safe to say no one cares about this either.
I did read a very long NYT piece, with multi-media, about an avalanche at a ski resort in CA. But would I read a piece that long about the deficit? Doubtful. Proves in my mind that news really is entertainment.