My cousin is a television news producer and he has teased me that I worked for a dead medium. This Pew Study now provides evidence for what we both knew as inevitable about television: People under 30 now get most of their national and international news from the internet. It’s not just most under 30s even, it’s 65 percent or two-thirds of them. None of this is a surprise, just documentation of current trends.
But the real question is not what folks say is their main news sources, rather the amount of national and international news they have time to consume. My students certainly are not lazy: they work incredibly hard at school and at jobs to pay for school. But national and international information is not necessarily at the top of their priority list. Access to information is important, but the real modern threat to access may not come from government censorship or even the bank account to buy the technology in the first place. The real threat may be the absence of a desire in a busy life to get the information in the first place.