“Oh my gosh, I read about that on Facebook”…famous last words, or what our world is now perceiving as “news”? Admittedly, I’m an “inspectional” reader. I don’t really care what you had for breakfast, but someone in my social media realm will be posting news articles and commenting – bringing me up to speed on the latest issues happening around the world and in my community. I check my Facebook account numerous times a day, but honestly, I don’t check the Post or Globe and Mail‘s website more often that once a day. Social media is keeping me “in the loop”.
Does tone really matter?
When reading articles on news sites, the tone is factual and impersonal. This is the reason I turn to social media for my news updates, as I can then process, from a more human point-of-view what has just been released as news coverage. In my opinion, storytelling has to come from the heart, not just statistics. Sometimes, I will follow the link to the news site to obtain more information, but I’m always intrigued by what my “friends” think first and foremost.
Short and sweet!
Like most of the population, I’m too busy to sit and read the newspaper – or to read articles in their entirety. Social media allows readers to capture the essence of a story without being bogged down in details. However, the beauty of the internet is that if it is news that is really important to me, then I can always follow the link to learn more.
My brother was the best storyteller I’ve ever met. Most times he couldn’t get through the whole story without a hearty laugh that interrupted and derailed the story. THIS is what engages people – when the storyteller is wholeheartedly involved in the topic, the listener is more apt to be hooked. I think that’s why social media is all abuzz, because there are opinions and facts all rolled into one space.
How do you read “news”? Are you a newspaper, television news-gatherer? Do you share news on your social media channels?