Tipping Point: More People Now Get Their News Online Than In Print

09.17.10 8 years ago

A Pew Research study asked over 3000 American adults where they got their news yesterday, allowing them to list all sources.  Online news (34%) beat out print media (31%) and tied with radio news.  Including mobile web raises the percentage to 44%, beat out only by TV news (58%).  Only 8% of adults younger than 30 said they had read a print newspaper the day before.  This isn’t the first time online news has beat print media.  In a Pew Research study a couple years ago, Americans were asked what one news source they used the most.  Online news scored 40% to print media’s 30%.

New Yorkers are going to have a slightly easier time getting their news at public parks soon.  Time Warner and Cablevision are going to spend $10 million to give away very limited Wi-Fi at 32 parks in the city in exchange for 10-year franchise renewals and the ability to charge users 99 cents per day if they exceed the Wi-Fi limits.  Sounds good, except the limit is ten minutes at a time for no more than thirty minutes per month in total.

A new music service is planning to be far more generous than New York City’s Wi-Fi.  Musopen aimed to raise $11,000 to hire a professional orchestra to make recordings of the symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky and put them into the public domain.  They’ve already done the same with other public domain songs, albeit with less skilled orchestras like high school bands.  Some of their songs have been used in independent movies and in an episode of Mythbusters.  Their $11,000 goal was posted on Kickstarter.  They raised over $68,000.  Hey, guys, could I borrow a dime?  No?  How about some Mozart instead?


  • Pew Research study finds online news is beating print news. (TechCrunch)
  • Parks in New York City are going to start providing free Wi-Fi, but there’s a catch. (NYDailyNews)
  • Musopen raises $40,000 for free classical music recordings. (ArsTechnica)



  • A serious news outlet investigates if Twilight is altering teen minds. Seriously. (MSNBC)
  • School suspends boy for having bloodshot eyes because they think he might have been high.  On the other hand, his father had been murdered earlier that week and he’d been mourning. (Arbroath)
  • Female snails in Australia are growing penises on their foreheads after being exposed to Tributyltin.  They’re the unicorns of the sea. (Wired)



  • It’s tragic when a species becomes threatened.  Even more tragic when we’re too busy giggling to help them: “Number of blue tits plunges by 42% as experts warn modern feeders are threatening species” (DailyMail)
  • Print newspaper circulation is at an record low, and the industry is projected to lose 25% of its jobs over the next eight years. (Is Print Dead?)
  • A perspective on the trapped Chilean miners: “What if everything you needed had to fit through this space?”  Well, I can think of one thing I need that fits. (Newsweek)


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