I Get Most Of My News Off The Internet Now..How About You?

@Janey1966 (24168)
Carlisle, England
March 26, 2011 8:06am CST
This is happening more and more lately. I found out about the disasters in Australia, New Zealand and Japan via the internet FIRST, on my BT Yahoo homepage. At the moment we have Sh*te News on telly (a channel I despise but John loves it) and there has been no mention yet of a Magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Mayanmar (Burma). They are more interested in "live" coverage of the Libya conflict which is something I am sick of hearing about as wars don't interest me at all. I know they should but they don't. Mayanmar is a poor area of the world so it will take them ages to send reporters there. My heart goes out to the victims of this latest earthquake. I'm wondering if Sh*te News will ever get around to mentioning it? Is it the same where you are? Do you get most of your news information off the internet like I do?
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@garson (884)
• United States
4 Apr 11
Just like you, the last time I looked at a newspaper was a while ago. I go to yahoo everyday to check my e-mail and come across headlines on my way there. Somehow with the convenience of online access to news, newspapers will somehow still thrive, although not as much as it used to be.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
4 Apr 11
I do like reading the news on the internet but I couldn't use a mobile device for that, on the move. For that I would have to buy a newspaper, something I haven't done for years as I also rely on the telly for news. I know lots of men still buy newspapers. My Dad, for example has bought them for as long as I can remember, usually The Sun to pick his horses. He likes the racing pages in The Sun. He has tried other newspapers but they're not the same, according to him. He's not a prolific gambler, fortunately only pennies he puts on but he likes to study form, etc, as he finds that more entertaining than placing money on a horse lol.
@garson (884)
• United States
18 Apr 11
It's an example of hard habit to break. Not that it's really bad.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
18 Apr 11
Unfortunately, my Dad believes every word he reads in The Sun! I used to have humdinger arguments with him about stuff that really wasn't true in there. It's not as bad as the 80s but bad enough!
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
26 Mar 11
I use the internet, TV and radio to get my news. If I got the paper, I'd have to drive four miles everyday to get it at my mailbox and it's not worth it. Besides I can read the paper on the PC??? When I watch TV I'm almost always watching the news channels. Once in awhile I might actually watch a movie, but since I have such a low opinion of celebrities, I don't watch many.
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
26 Mar 11
Yeah, I hate the commercials too, so I record what I want to watch and speed through the commercials when I view the recording. I can't stand watching a normal show with commercials...
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
27 Mar 11
Mum's the same. Her Sky+ box has revolutionised her viewing!
• China
26 Mar 11
I learned about news on TV some days ago,but since i had a computer i have known about news both from TV and PC.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
26 Mar 11
I found out about the Japan earthquake on my PC. I was flabergasted at the time. I carried on reading and watching stuff on the internet as I really couldn't be bothered turning the telly on at that point!
@CONDLAUR (134)
• Romania
26 Mar 11
The thing in my country is that TV get the news intirely from the Internet. so way bother looking at TV when you can read what you want about the subject on the Internet. i do not like a TV station telling me things that they interpreted in another way of how I would do it.
• Philippines
27 Mar 11
I guess it comes with the way our lifestyles have changed through time. We spend more time surfing the net than walking our dogs in the morning. I mean,most of us nowadays, even kids at that, can readily access information from the web just about anywhere we may be. However, I still think highly of these newspaper journalists. It's pretty stressful to meet deadlines.
• Philippines
6 Apr 11
Yes, most of the time I read the news in internet. As I work 10 hours a day with the computer, their is no time for me to watch news after work. Except if I really need to watch it. Internet is my only source during work hours.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
6 Apr 11
Most of the time, news ends up on the internet first because it's so fast, isn't it?
• Philippines
8 Apr 11
Yes, you're right. Nowadays, internet news is fast and they are keep updating too.
@free_man (7335)
• United States
27 Mar 11
Hi Janey. No we are lucky we get at least three news stations that stay on top of current events. But when I lived in Nevada I had to use the net for the news no stations out there would come in where we lived. So I understand how you feel about not hearing the current events. We keep the TV on the news when it is on. Good luck on getting the news on the net.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
27 Mar 11
I think you misunderstood what I meant. We DO get current events on the television but the presenters/reporters concentrate on one area each day and the rest get neglected. On the internet I can read about everything that's going on, rather than a selected story.
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@free_man (7335)
• United States
27 Mar 11
Hi Janey. No that was what I thought you meant. In Nevada we got the news but it was about Nevada not what was going on anywhere else. The internet was how I found out the USA had been bombed. I didn't see anything about it on the local news. Thanks my friend hope you get better news stations in your area. I love it here we get all the stories going on everywhere in the world.
@thatgirl13 (7304)
• South Korea
26 Mar 11
Actually me too. It's either through internet or some of my friends, I've completely stopped watching news on TV. Not intentionally though. It's just because internet is so addictive, TV has been replaced for me.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
26 Mar 11
You're right, the internet is addictive isn't it and have you noticed how fast the time goes? Frightening! Since our news channels have been screened for 24 hours I think the impact is lost of a major disaster as the main points are repeated over and over again. On the internet we can please ourselves when we "watch" or "read" the news and it's that I like the most. I get more information on here (such as today's Earth Hour that I've not even heard about on Sh*te News) than anywhere else..without really trying!
• South Korea
27 Mar 11
Yes you are so right. Sometimes they keep repeating the same thing every hour which is kinda boring and irritating. And yeah they show only the big things but don't focus on other small but important stuffs. And yes, while on internet, time goes by so quick. My weekends go like in a flash coz I'm mostly on internet, but weekdays goddddddd lol
@mr_pearl (5036)
• India
26 Mar 11
Yes Janey, I too get most of it through internet only... Gone are the days when we would wait for the newspaper in the morning and with small coffee mug, I would read the newspaper when I was a kid... Now, when one needs to know something, one takes off his cell phone and logs on to internet and gets to know the facts... World has become a small village...
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
26 Mar 11
The world has become a small village you're right. Shrinking all the time!
@mr_pearl (5036)
• India
27 Mar 11
That is so true.. and it has its advantages and disadvantages too... ;)
• United States
30 Mar 11
yea,i do.my local if it isn't limited,it's somewhat censored. whenever possible i like to ask locals about the real beef on somethings,because the news often will play something down.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
30 Mar 11
Oh, it's the opposite here. They over-dramatise absolutely everything. If a Library closes it's a MAJOR event!
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@K46620 (1993)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Same here, the Internet is a much better place to get news than TV or radio.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
28 Mar 11
@Ritchelle (3795)
• Philippines
28 Mar 11
i also get most of my news from the internet. i even earn a little by writing about it my way. however the most shocking news - i get to catch as they are happening on tv. i don't know why...
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
28 Mar 11
Usually I read or watch it online first then I see in on the television after tea, as that's when we have the news on.
@webearn99 (1743)
• India
28 Mar 11
Major news channels take to sensationalizing and scaring their target audience out of their wits. The "live coverage" part is vital here. The tsunami was broadcast live so is the struggle with the reactors. The potential that the radioactive leaks my reach anywhere on earth scares us, so we watch. That send up the TRP (Target rating point), which is an index of the channels popularity, goes up. The channel makes more money from this. The same is true of the Libyan conflict, With UN stepping in. Burma on the other hand is a poor country, a dictatorship and a closed world due to the censorship of news. It is difficult to get in and has a limited scope for coverage. So it is not a point of interest to the news world and journalism. I don't watch TV except for science channels so I missed nothing. I am looking forward to the "Cause" programming which has started flooding in.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
28 Mar 11
Hubby was going on about the censorship of news to me in Burma so I know a bit more about this now..and thanks for your input on it, it's much appreciated. Yes, News Channels tend to sensationalise absolutely everything but I suppose the same could be said of internet news as well. The only truth we get is on Twitter. I read on Twitter about the latest earthquake and most were saying the same thing, so I knew it was true. They have calmed down a bit on the NHK World channel...in fact, they were calm the whole time, it's everyone else that gets jumpy!
@sunny5u (2071)
• India
27 Mar 11
Hello Janey, i have my system beside my television , so even though i get news through net i switch on television and see the news for that , so that i'll get total information.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
27 Mar 11
Yes, it's good to get both isn't it? I tend to read about the news online then we see it on television later.
@sender621 (14933)
• United States
27 Mar 11
Sometimes i will see a news headline on line before i see it on televsion or read about in the daily newspaper. I seem to be turning more and more often to the intenet for my news resource,.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
27 Mar 11
Yes, it's the same with me. The Japanese earthquake was an example of this. It was right there on my BT Yahoo homepage and it took a while for it to sink in.
@danitykane (3190)
• Philippines
27 Mar 11
Hello Janey, I also get latest news online and on my Yahoo Mail Page. I don't get to watch news on tv because I am mostly on the road or at work. I usually read news from my phone or notebook. I guess the beauty of internet and technology, I get to know what is going on around the world.
@mayenskie (1307)
• Philippines
27 Mar 11
Yes, me too. Often read news at Yahoonews and nightly TV news but I rarely watch TV . I can't hardly remember the last time I read the newspaper. Besides, newspapers are getting expensive too, and the most of the time aside from the headlines, only the Entertainment Section interests me.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
27 Mar 11
I know what you mean about newspapers becoming expensive. My Dad buys The Sun for the horseracing pages, has done for years. I used to read the Daily Mirror years ago (now just called The Mirror) but it was in the heyday of Thatcher versus Kinnock, so it was interesting comparing the two, as The Sun was a Tory paper and mine was a Labour paper. Now, you can't really distinguish the two.
@cutepenguin (6447)
• Canada
27 Mar 11
we don't get a newspaper and we don't have a tv so we get all of our news from the internet. Of course, the problem with this is that you can't really tell what's true...there's a lot of stuff on the internet.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
27 Mar 11
There's a lot of stuff on the internet, you're right. It can be overwhelming if you let it. I try to keep to the same sources and reports about the Japan earthquake I got from their own channel online.
@sublime03 (2169)
• Philippines
26 Mar 11
Yes I do read news off of the internet. Here in our country, most of the information you get are thru the internet. Major newspapers have online websites already thus the information easier to be obtain unlike before you have to go out and buy a newspaper. Nowadays internet is a medium for newspaper companies or any other company to promote anything they have because most of the people today go online for almost everything already.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
27 Mar 11
That's so true. So accessible and you don't get print on your fingers lol.
@Sandra1952 (6051)
• Spain
26 Mar 11
Hello, Janey. Yes, I tend to do that as well. We live in Spain, and newspapers are about 4 times the price they are in England, so we only buy an occasional one as a treat. And the television news is all the same stuff repeated all the time. I pick up stuff from my home page, because all I want is the facts, not some reporter standing there waving their hands about while they tell us exactly what they told us an hour ago.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
27 Mar 11
Hiya Sandra. Haha, that's so right what you say about the reporters repeating themselves..it's like Groundhog Day isn't it? Sh*te News is on now actually and I'm sick of them going on about the rebel protesters at Trafalgar Square. I mean, there is NOTHING going on now as it's after midnight but Sh*te News still has a reporter stationed there. They've hardly mentioned the peaceful march because all these channels have an agenda and are against the Unions (in my opinion) and I hate the biasness of the coverage. And Earth Hour wasn't even mentioned either. They'll probably get round to it later on today and go on about it retrospectively. Oh, and they've not mentioned that terrible earthquake in Burma yet!
@moirai (2583)
• Philippines
26 Mar 11
I get my news mostly from tv. The tv is usually on for prime time news, then we watch the evening dramas/series, and I switch it off after the news and public affairs programs (late night news and documentaries). In the mornings, my father switches on both tv and radio for news (don't ask me how he manages to pay attention to both =P ). I'm a little too preoccupied with other things on the internet nowadays to get news there. But there was a time before when I scanned through the news on the yahoo home page. What is rare for us is to get news from newspapers. Haha. I only get to read newspapers when I get it free with breakfast meals from certain fastfood chains. =P As for the earthquake in Myanmar, we heard about that right away. After all, we are in the same region and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The conflict in Libya is also big news for us because we have a lot of overseas workers over there. I think maybe the reason why the earthquakes weren't given immediate attention by your news is because they happened in places far away from you (about a third of the world away, right?) and would have no immediate effect on you. Basically, it's a matter of proximity and impact.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
26 Mar 11
We heard about the Japanese earthquake immediately because that country affects world markets..and they still bang on about that now..the financial impact. People are important to news channels but nowhere near as important as money/oil..etc.
@cream97 (29152)
• United States
26 Mar 11
Hi. Janey1966! Yes, I get most of my news information from Yahoo and many website links from Hello Beautiful, Urban Daily, Cafe Mom and myLot. It seems like when I first heard about the earthquake in Japan, I heard it from a cousin of mines on Facebook. If I wasn't on the Internet, I would have never known. We have a TV at home, but I usually have the channel turned onto cartoons for my kids. If I found out about the earthquake, it would have been later on that day.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
26 Mar 11
Hi cream97! Yes, it was the same for me. I only started watching the television when my husband came home from work. I don't (normally) have the telly on during the weekdays as I prefer to listen to music if I'm desperate for any noise lol. When I found out about the Japanese earthquake it was on my computer and I'd logged onto my BT Yahoo homepage. I couldn't believe what I was seeing at first but I chose not to turn the TV on, I carried on "researching" if you like, online. I don't normally understand Twitter but there was loads of live stuff on there..both fascinating and frightening at the same time.