I am trying to determine how I feel about the direction that media seems to be taking and I think that as we become more and more internet reliant for our media/news I can be thankful for the possibility that the “perky morning weather girl” might someday become extinct.
I know that I have found myself no longer waiting for the local newscast come on to discover what is going on that day.I wake up in the morning and my cable box tells me what the temp is outside, what the forecast is for the day and what to expect for the rest of the week specifically where I live, not just the nearest large town/city. I then jump on the internet to read the latest updates on stories from around the world.
Basically I am one of those people that is easily annoyed by the perky newscaster in the morning and would rather read the story than have him/her tell me in the overly bubbly voice that there was yet another shooting at a local nightclub or another union is going on strike. I also believe that I am not alone in this annoyance.
What does any of this have to do with new media? I have one word: YouTube. I think that people are already writing blogs and occasionally (if not regularly) posting videos. Why not post your own news cast? If anything this might remove the stigma of having to be a size 0 to read the news.
I said before that I thought blogging has reignited the passion for writing; maybe web casting can reignite our passion for hamming it up for the camera too.