Last week, I got a call from CNN. I enjoy my conversations with many members of the press, and this was a great one. CNN.com journalist Lisa Respers France was interested in my comments that I got a lot of my news from the social media instead of the mass media. You may remember that this was shortly after the US Airways plane landed on the Hudson River, and the first photo came to the world via Twitter. I was able to tell Lisa how I have learned of a number of events from on-the-scene locals through Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. We talked about a couple of earthquakes, including the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 when I was only a few miles from the epicenter (I tell the story in the book).
She asked me if I was concerned about the information I got from social networking sites, since I didn't know everyone and they weren't professionals. My reply is the one she quoted in the article:
Stephen Hultquist, a Boulder, Colorado, consultant who gets a great deal of his breaking news from Twitter, said traditional media sources also make mistakes or give skewed reports.
"If anything, Twitter reminds me that everyone is human and they all have their own views and a paradigm through which they see the world," said Hultquist who had a unique appreciation of the quick, firsthand tweets that came after the earthquake in China last year.
"I was five miles from the epicenter of the earthquake in 1989 that happened right before a World Series game and I noticed that the media that was reporting on it wasn't getting it all right," he said.
You can read the rest of the article.
The world is changing pretty dramatically. In many ways, it's getting smaller. The mass media and politicians and elite are losing their grip on information and "the truth." I think it's pretty interesting.
More than ever, it's important to be taking on your own life. That's in the book, too. Are you taking it on?
Let's go! ssh
PS Follow me on Twitter and get your news faster than CNN just like I do.