The Essential Tool: Electronic Mail and Messages
The "news" is more than what is printed in the morning paper, broadcast on the radio at noon, or pictured on TV's evening report. It is, in its broadest sense, what we know that has changed from one day or week to the next. It is new data, new surmises, experiences, or facts that occur somewhere in our community. News is the accumulation of what has happened which changes our world. It is, simply, the accumulation of shared experiences and ideas. Old-style news covered a thin portion of this total; online news offers a far broader spectrum.
It used to be that something passed slowly, person to person, as data discovered by one were eventually shared along the spoken grapevine with the community at large. Later it was transmitted through public tales told by storytellers and, later yet, broadcast through the village by real-time, real-voice announcers. In those days they were called "town criers." Only in relatively recent times, beginning perhaps a bit more than 200 years ago, did public information become a common print artifact. It became "news," carried in a letter or disseminated on the public pages of a periodical. And now, of course, it is also pictured on television, broadcast on the radio, transmitted by telephone, or carried across the electronic net. But however it is presented, "news" is about changes that should be noted. It is, in the end, about data and ideas, the thoughts we have about ourselves.
Nothing is more potent than an idea or more vital than an opinion