AMERICANS EMULATE TRUMP, MASTER OF MEDIA
President-elect Donald Trump is a perfect example of a man who is the master of his media — thriving in the restless, texting, tweeting, snapchatting world we now live in. Americans are not far behind. While social critics once predicted that mass media would disrupt and undermine the nation, a surprising new survey reveals that the public is just as enamored of information as their Mr. Trump. Bring it on.
“The large majority of Americans do not feel that information overload is a problem for them,” says John B. Horrigan, a senior analyst for the Pew Research Center, which conducted the poll.
Here’s what they found: 81 percent of American appreciate “lots of information” and access to it while 80 percent say it’s easy for them to determine which information is “trustworthy.” Another 79 percent say the avalanche of information makes them feel like they have more control of their lives, 77 percent say they enjoy having so much information at their fingertips while 67 percent say that having more information at their disposal actually helps simplify things.
So much for the fears that society is at the mercy of its technology, media tools, gadgets and electronic amusements.
“People for the most part see information as something that helps them manage their lives and are confident in their abilities to determine the trustworthiness of information,” notes Mr. Horrigan.
A new Pew Research poll dispels the idea that Americans are on information overload. They actually want more.