Oh no! The internet is down!

I don’t know about anyone else but I think by the end of a week, I would have knitted clothes for at least FOUR families. I wouldn’t know what else to do with my free time.

The first week of being in my apartment with my sister, the internet wasn’t connected yet and I was constantly talking with my sister. Bringing up useless conversation, just because I can.

I imagine people would start meeting with families and friends OUTSIDE of their houses more. There would be more face to face time with people.

But it’s not like I would go meeting random people on the streets, or would I? There are people who meet other people online, so without the internet, what would people do?

It’s like if we had some websites down but not just for a few hours. There wouldn’t be anymore Facebook feed, Twitter updates, or Tumblr posts.

This reminds me of my cousin calling me after a power outage, telling me to update her on anything that I hear, since the internet was also down. This shows that we want to be up to date with everything.

In the end, we would be like Syria, having their internet down temporarily. The IP addresses of everyone would be gone. No more traces of people on this continent online.

I do exist…just not to the people outside of the US. The internet gives us a lot of communication to people around the world.


This is Only The Beginning

The other day, apparently there was a tornado warning. I didn’t even know about it until it has been cleared and safe. If it wasn’t thanks to my friends on Facebook, I would’ve never even knew about it.

This is why I go online, to check on what is happening in the world around me. Honestly, I never check the news unless it’s for a class or I am just really bored.

Social networking sites are great places to find out about news and whats happening in the world. Twitter’s hastags are up to date and can tell you the most recent topics people are talking about, good or bad.

Personally, I feel like news are filtered and I would like to know the details, when I want to.

Also, why would I go read the newspaper when I can get a summarize version of it on my news feed on Facebook or my updates on Twitter?

I don’t know about everyone but I like to just get straight to the point. I rather read about something I have an interest for than some news about some person who I have no idea is.

Instead of picking up a newspaper, I can go on a site that has millions, or even more, people talking about the same thing in that newspaper, for free. We contribute what we want, and have a conversation with other people around the world.

News Adapting To Users

Everyday technology is changing and that means that Journalism will have to change their way of getting the information out to people. With technology around, everybody wants to be able to search for something or connect with someone with just a few seconds. With technology, anything is possible and that’s what the users like.

In an article written by Lez Hester on Talking Biz News, she talks about the Society of American Business Editors and Writers fall conference and how social networking are changing the way people are getting their info. People like getting immediate feedback when reading about something.

Journalism companies would have to make their viewers satisfied and have someone there answering all the comments people make online. Technology has made it to where people expect an answer right away.

On NewsView, Franks talks about how mobile devices, e-readers, and other new technology affects the journalism world today. More people want their news on the go, not just when they are at home and available to watch the news or read the newspaper.

Instead of making money off of the newspapers, now journalists are making money off of how many clicks they get online or the advertising on their webpages. Journalism  soon would be more about getting the news out faster because of the way everyone uses technology.