Over the course of time, the way news has been relayed has changed drastically. Before the use of the internet and computers came into play, people found out about the news through the use of traditional media sources such as newspapers, radios, or television. The major news outlets were often fixed and limited which exposed people to the same news stories and coverage. At the same time, news agencies relied on their prestigious title and journalistic integrity when relaying information to maintain their respected name. Their credibility would determine whether or not their agencies could continue to exist. On the contrary, social media today allows anyone to make a free account that markets itself as a news outlet and spread news with little to no social or financial risks due to not having to protect a brand name or preserving a heavy investment. Another distinct feature of traditional media is the setting in which it was consumed. The news was often adsorbed in a closed settings with little outside influence. With social media, news are not presented in a vacuum. Information is spread lightning fast to an infinite crowd. With every news article or post, the comment sections are flooded with views and opinions a plethora of people that could influence the reader in such many ways. Ultimately, we will explore how the availability of different news sources and the immaculate power of social media is going to stay and grow regardless.
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