The New Flow of News
How Social Network Sites Transform News Organizations & Citizens Political Behavior
Political information has been proven essential to sustaining the democratic process. Yet, today, its major source – the news industry – is undergoing a major transition: Traditional news consumption is on the decline, while citizens increasingly turn their attention to social network sites (SNSs). To accommodate this trend, the news industry has been incorporating SNSs into its platforms, thus effectively changing news into a ‘social’ product. To this end, I develop a new model anchored in network logic and involving three key actors in news creation and distribution: news organizations, which are adapting news production to the logic of sharing, thus changing their product; news feeders – users who select and disseminate news stories, thereby serving as a bridge between their online … read more...