Jim’s WebLetter for 9/17/16

Hi-ya Readers, Football followers and YouTube watchers! It’s the weekend and time for news of the Net …

If you have read some of my rants to the Florida Times Union I have reposted on Facebook, you know I have been objecting to the one-sided news reporting of our national election. A news organization used by the TU has been riding one candidate while giving the equivalent of a pass to the other. In my mind, both sides deserve equal time. Shouldn’t we expect to receive fair, unbiased reporting so we can draw our own conclusions?

The thing is, with the Internet and the growth of news sources, instead of a handful of newspapers, TV channels, and trusted journalists, we now have what amounts to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of news sources, many of which are simply writing or speaking whatever they think might get readers or viewers. Compound the numbers of reporters with the increasing desperation for revenue, is it any surprise that people would lose trust in a media entity with that kind of motivation? Maybe that’s why the latest Gallup survey shows the greatest number of people distrust news organizations.  

When we see stories from the Associated Press in our newspaper, “Breaking News” on Facebook, a video on YouTube or someone tweets a link to a story on Twitter, do we trust the news sources to tell the truth, or do we trust the ones that tell us what we want to hear or believe? http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/09/public-confidence-in-media-falls-to-all-time-low-in-2016-228168

At the same time, this story from CityAM tells of how Twitter is finding its approach to news as it moves in on TV. Statistics already show that smartphones are replacing televisions as the most-watched source for news, weather, traffic reports – just about everything. But as half of young adults say they get their news off social networks first, it begins to raise questions how Twitter will editorialise and moderate news. https://apple.news/ArJ1l5mvpPzKVNOz4bpLc2Q

That leads me to the next story … Football on Twitter. The NFL is trying live webcasting on Thursday nights this football season to see how the Internet handles it. Well, the first thing they are learning is there is a delay in the broadcast despite the quality being superior. When fans arrived at TNF.twitter.com, using computers, cellphones and supported devices like Apple TV and Xbox, they were delivered a streaming video along with a running list of tweets that served as a chat room. Yet many fans using the chat function complained that there was no option to view their personal Twitter news feed alongside the video. Frankly, being able to watch the game online for free, should be enough. Anything extra is, well, extra. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/sports/football/twitter-live-stream-jets-bills-thursday-night.html?_r=0

Finally this week, I read an article from Justin Pot of The Next Web who reported on YouTube’s latest addition … a social network within the social network. Some YouTube channels now have a “Community” tab, where YouTubers can send messages to their audience without having to post a video, letting YouTubers quickly say something without hitting the “Upload” button. The idea is this could encourage YouTubers to interact with their audience on YouTube itself, instead of on other platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. The Vlogbrothers channel is a testing ground for the new “Community” tab. If you check out their YouTube page (and you should) you’ll see the new feature in action. https://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers/community

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Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim

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