Twitter shouldn’t be main source for election information

By NICKY DIAZ

Throughout this election season, I’ve flip-flopped from site to site to find legitimate and trustworthy reporting that will keep me updated with the latest happenings between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney.

Recently, I spoke to some classmates about what news media they use to keep up with political news. I was shocked — even though I probably shouldn’t be — that most of my acquaintances only use Twitter to keep up with the presidential election. Then, one of them told me that they don’t even click on the links to articles; he relies solely on the 140-character description in the Tweet.

As a journalist, this disappointed me. If even a minority of readers think they can get all the information they need in less than three sentences, then what does this say about our culture and society? And are these readers’ attention spans really limited to 10 seconds?

Moreover, it’s disconcerting that potential voters are basically uninformed. How can you be aware of the relevant issues without properly reading the news? Quite frankly, it makes me question my generation’s drive, especially when I consider the importance of this year’s election during this recession. If anything, my generation should be most concerned about the future of the American economy: The state of the job market, as well as the economy, directly affects us. However, if we can’t even pretend to care about such important issues, then what does that say about us?

Yes, we’re all busy. We have jobs, classes, tests, papers and a social life to tend to. But if you spend just 30 minutes a day reading through a few articles, you’ll take in a lot more news than what 140 characters can offer.

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