AMER­I­CANS EM­U­LATE TRUMP, MAS­TER OF ME­DIA

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A new Pew Re­search poll dis­pels the idea that Amer­i­cans are on in­for­ma­tion over­load. They ac­tu­ally want more.

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