Posted By Monica Worsley
In 1957 the Soviet Union became infamous for starting the ‘space race.’
With the launch of Sputnik the country made headlines worldwide.
On Feb. 15, 2013, news of outer space related events once again funneled out of the former Soviet Union. A meteorite struck in Chelyabinsk, Russia, damaging buildings and injuring residents.
In the ‘age of social media’ there are noteworthy implications of the event for those other than scientists and Siberians.
As Steven Hendrix of The Washington Post reports in his article “In a modern world, meteorite’s impact is instantly global,” technology changes have accelerated the speed of news circulation. An event that may have passed under the radar in the past was rocketed to the top of world news due to its instantaneous popularity social media.
And less than one week since Twitter posts and Youtube videos launched the news into cyberspace there have been over two million view on just one of the several Youtube clips and the #meteorite became a new hashtage.
Gone are the days of ‘headline making news.’ In this day and age it is all about Youtube views and hashtage use.
Any thoughts on a new term to describe newsworthy events?