Saturday, August 19, 2006

Pew survey on the press

This detailed Pew study on how people get news and what they think about it was released July 30, but I just came across it. On first blush it seems to like their analysis is fairly predictable and occasionally superficial.

The lead breathlessly reports that 10 years ago only one in 50 Americans read news on the internet. Hell, 10 years ago even people that knew about the internet were lsitening to AOL busy signals on 1200-baud dial-up. I also don't find it illuminating to know that in 1965, 71 percent of news consumers read the paper; what else were we going to do?

But there's clearly a wealth of detail in the subsequent section about attitudes, media credibility (WSJ was most credible newspaper) and the like. I'd love to hear what you found most interesting.
–Howard Weaver

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