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Pew Report Says Americans Are News Grazers

Posted on Mar 1, 2010
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Americans are picking and choosing from an information smorgasbord to get their news, according to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and a large majority are switching between different platforms, with the Internet playing a significant role in their news “grazing.” —KA

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“Americans have become news grazers both on and offline – but within limits,” Amy Mitchell, deputy director for the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, said in a statement. “They generally don’t have one favorite Web site but also don’t search aimlessly. Most online news consumers regularly draw on just a handful of different sites.”

About 57 percent of people rely on two to five Web sites for news, and only 35 percent have a favorite, Pew found.

Of the 2,259 people surveyed by Pew, about 59 percent get their news from a combination of offline and online sources. Only 7 percent use a single media platform, and those people are most likely to use the Internet or local TV news.

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By MarthaA, March 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment

May there be enough liberals and progressives in Congress to protect the internet from corporations totally taking it away from political use by the populace.

All the corporate spying on the populace gives one cause for concern:

With all the conservatives treading the treason line in television media and on the internet; if corporations manage to get liberals and progressives political dialog shut down on the internet, democracy will be eradicated, as the internet is the last bastion of democracy..

I guess we could resort to bull horns and use them for free political speech like in this video, think that would work:

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By dzent1, March 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment
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I graze mostly progressive sites, eschewing the traditional corporate-profit-based media as much as possible. You might say that the last decade of Republican-Corporate rule has polarized me and now I filter everything I hear, read or see. I always ask myself who gains, and what.

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By Vic Anderson, March 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment
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Better US grazing the “news” than it grazing US or striking its target as it
otherwise has since ‘63!

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By MarthaA, March 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment

Isn’t it wonderful.

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