ctrp428 News Cycles Turned Social Media Trends

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When social media rose up from what were thought to be the ashes of traditional media, there were high hopes for the new world that was to come. And as world events continue to unfold and these seemingly open forums continue to grow in importance, alot of old habits and trends continue to appear. What once was known as the 24 news cycle has not disappeared, but rather, it has spawned the world of trending topics and viral media.

What has this new media ecology meant for independent voices bringing original content about topics that have a significant influence on human well being around the world? Today on the podcast I lay down the framework for how the news cycle of the 80’s and 90’s, translates to the trending topics of 2012.

I’ll be speaking on this topic at Campus Party Berlin on August 25th.

6 thoughts on “ctrp428 News Cycles Turned Social Media Trends

  1. I found what you noted about being conditioned to the news cycle very interesting. The next question would IMHO be if breaking out of it should be attempted and if yes, how can it be done?

    In my experience (yes to the 1st question), gradually shifting your standard routine can help. Remove a feed from the RSS reader/Twitter/FaceBook/etc. and replace it with a news source that does not let itself be pulled along in the stampede. Change the browser homepage. Reserve (a) certain time(s) (per day or week) to consume news. And in an environment where you know you have the time to reflect on it. Whether that’s during the commute or at dinner with the family is for everyone to find out.

    1. I like it. the list of recommendations.. it does require the user to be proactive. And while you seem to be, and I know I can be, Im not sure how proactive news readers – internet users are in this era. The potential is certainly there and as you point out, the steps are not extreme or all that difficult.

  2. Since you asked for comments…

    I really enjoyed your thoughts on this topic and although I myself have to read and research a lot about it, the idea of the continuation of the 24 h news cicle has not been very present to me, until today.

    My first thoughts on this were that maybe the top 10 news that from today are not necessarily important to us in the sense of “being informed”, but they are rather the kind of news we have to know if we want to be able to persist in tomorrows supermarket small talk situation. So they are actually a tool for us to work our role in society.

    On the other hand, topics which really affect our lives break out of the 24h news cycle like the weather or some neighborhood news or even national news that directly affect us.

    So in the end maybe nothing has changed except that through new media channels alternative news (that personally interest me) can reach me.

    But these are only first thoughts …

    thx mark

    1. Oh thanks Lucas! not only for thoughtful reflection, but for doing it in the context of the site’s comments instead of ooooh, on Facebook. ITs true.. the possibility for stories coming from alternative sources is greater now than ever in terms of the structure and tools that are available. The question is then, how often does that possibility become reality.
      I think youre right.. local – neighborhood issues can and do rise. hmmm…. those are my thoughts for now as well ;)

      1. The other day I thought maybe the 24h news cycle is comparable to the current top 5 music stars. I guess it is probable that there will always be the current Madonnas and Britney Spears. Still music variety underneath this level has increased strongly because of alternative distribution channels. (I actually don’t have numbers on that, it is just my assumption)

        I hope we can get to see your Campus Party talk on this someday..

        greets.

      2. true true.. the more you talk with – especially more creative and independent thinkers- the more you hear about music and bands that arent in that chart youre referring to or the subject if a zillion tweets or tabloid stories. So youre right. underneath it all… there is an interesting new world.

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