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Spread of Information with the MediaQuestion: How has technology changed the dissemination of information?Media and technology shape the world we live in. It does not matter if the news being covered concerns us, we hear about it, sometimes even before the families and friends of the people involved in the story. Instead of local information staying local, it is broadcast all over the world. The media is very determined to make sure that you receive the information as it is happening, through broadcasts, tweets or even Facebook posts. We receive alerts on our phones from CNN or other international broadcasting networks with statement stating a blurb about an incident at a gas station or about a murder suspect that is on the loose. The blurbs normally do not concern us, the average American citizen. However, we feel the need to be kept informed on such matters. This topic is significant and worthy of study because the general public needs to know that over the years, information has become more readily available and at our fingertips without much effort on our part. The advancements in technology have allowed information to be received faster and to be spread out over a broader area than ever before.For the past couple of decades, broadcasting networks are broadcasting more hours of news than the scheduled television programs and the five o'clock news broadcast. There are now 'round the clock' networks such as CNN, which bring you coverage as it happens; which can be anything from a Presidential Address to Beyoncé's new baby. The immediate spread of information has changed for the better in some ways. Instead of having to wait for a birth announcement to announce the arrival of a new baby, you can know almost immediately through social networks. By checking your news feed, you can see if your friend is doing okay and if the new baby is in perfect health. Another way it has changed for the better is when the Olympics or another international event is occurring. The results are put on websites the minute after the event has taken place. The immediate spread of information is very helpful when dealing with unusual weather and kidnappings. Unusual weather, which includes tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes do not occur very often, but when they do, the local and national news is there giving instructions and warnings for those living in the areas affected. They report on everything to how long you have until the storm hits to when the best time to leave the city is, if an evacuation is called for. Due to how quickly information can be spread, the kidnapping of a child is heard about faster than ever before. 'Amber Alerts' have helped find thousands of children in the US over the years. 'Amber Alerts' are broadcasted over the entire nation which allow for the general public to also help with the search for the missing child. Finally, the rapid spread and coverage of information in the United States has allowed for police and national task...

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