Every day more than 140 million messages are sent on Twitter, 900 million people share 80 million stories, links, photographs and videos on Facebook. An hour of video is uploaded to YouTube less than every second. In this new world of media saturation, what do we mean by "the news"? Is "the most trusted name in news" today a veteran anchor on television or an undergraduate tweeting from Tahrir Square in Cairo?
We are sharing more content from more sources with more people, more often and more quickly than ever before, and the flow is ever-increasing. The day before yesterday, news and information was scarce, coming from a few newspapers or broadcasters. Suddenly there is abundance. Now, not only are we able to connect and collaborate to create our own media, but for the first time have access to a global audience. Together we can help to bring down governments or chasten international corporations. We can hasten the spread of gossip, rumour and lies. We can market our products more widely and efficiently than ever—if we take the trouble to discover why people share and to whom.
Alfred Hermida, an award-winning professor and veteran BBC journalist, provides an essential guide to this transforming media landscape. In this groundbreaking work, he delves into how our ability to create and share the news is shaping the information we receive and depend on to make informed decisions, from choosing politicians to doing business. Drawing on historical examples, real-world experiences and leading research, he equips us with the knowledge and insight to successfully navigate the social streams of information that shape how we view the world.