In April, USA Today posted an infographic explaining the role social media has in replacing traditional journalism as a news source.

That fact that stands out as most prominent to me is that over 50% of people learn about breaking news through social media rather than through traditional news sources. It does make sense, though, looking at this statistic through a personal lens. I learned of Osama Bin Laden’s death through Twitter, as well as the deaths of celebrities like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

There is a pros v. cons chart near that bottom that exposes the fallacies of social media as a news source, which is necessary because it is often placed on a pedestal. Social media does allow a limited character count, and it is meant for smaller, more digestible pieces that people can read on the go with little distraction.

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