Does our culture of "information overload" make us more or less vunerable to an energy crisis?
Or perhaps the monetizing of human attention has distracted many of us from the boring facts of oil well depletion into some kind of sensationalist killer zombie movie....
Does it even matter considering that news and informative media is less then 1% of all media content produced?
Consider that Google is now the #1 largest media company in the world.
Or these new stats from PEW
- 33 percent of Americans now get their news online
- 76 percent of teens get their news online
- 61 percent of Internet users go online for news at least once a week
- 46 percent of broadband users get their news online
- 27 percent of users who get news online every day
- 18 percent of those who get news online at least once a week say they use other sources less often, up from 11 percent two years ago
- 53 percent of Internet users watch television news
- 26 percent of of Internet users say they regularly watch a nightly network news broadcast
- one in every five visitors to a news site leaves unhappy
- poor content is cited as the number one reason Web surfers go to another site
- shallow coverage is the next leading turnoff among Web news site defectors
- since the beginning of 2005, customer satisfaction with the online news industry has declined 9 percent
Most people learned about peak oil from the internet. Perhaps the organic growth of new media like Peak Oil New and Message Boards is filling a temporary gap in these awkward years before the 6 largest media conglomerates catch up with us. Will the the blatant absuridty of old media polarize and strengthen Peakers? Or is Peak doomed to be packaged, spun, and otherwise re-absorbed? Doesn't every used-to-be-edgy media eventually sell out?