Ah, cyberspace. It’s a place where the possibilities and the annoyances are endless.
It gives everyone the freedom to write about anything and to tell us what they are doing every two minutes regardless of how little we care.
There is no such thing as deadline and it can be used to do such things as break open a story about the University of Miami athletic program or tell us how short of a skirt Miley Cyrus wore each day this week.
In journalism, it means the quicker the story, the better. No longer does the public trust the byline. These days, unfortunately, the public trusts whatever they see first.
We’d rather read some Yahoo! Sports “writer” commenting on a story he or she found from a news source rather than the actual story itself simply because it’s thrown in our face and it comes with an over-the-top headline like “You could die if…”
Literally, as I write this, there is a Yahoo! Sports story headlined “Gabby Douglas’s hair sparks raging debate” based on idiotic comments on Twitter made about the gymnast’s hairstyle. Get your Pulitzer ready for that one.
But I clicked it. And I’m sure you will, too.
Media sources have come under fire for “spoiling” people’s Olympic experience by reporting what happens.
Yes, media outlets are getting yelled at for reporting the news before people get a chance to watch the replay of what happened on television.
If you can’t keep your fingers from double clicking on your browser then, I hate to break it you — you’re going to find out things that happened.
Mike Kellams, the managing sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, tweeted, “Reader: ‘You really shouldn’t post Olympics results on the front page of the website… You’ve ruined several events for me.’”
We, in the media, apologize for bringing you your news as quickly as possible.
You asked for it.