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News is being broken on Twitter hours before it makes it to the blogs and sometimes days before it makes it to the main stream news. With the use of very fast protocols on top of social networks, information gathering can be expeditied by understanding when and where to look and by understanding how to sift relevant news from the noise.
In context of a typical day of news gathering online, explore the contemporary internet from the people who make up the new publishers and audience online. Consider methods for using social networks and applications like Twitter, Friendfeed, aggregators like Bloglines and Google Reader, and popular indices like Popurls and Techmeme.
Andrew Baron is the creator and founder of the popular daily video show, Rocketboom. After receiving a BA in Philosophy from Bates College, Baron graduated with an MFA in Design and Technology in 2003 from Parsons in New York City, where he went on to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. He was teaching at Parsons and MIT when the notion of Rocketboom came to him in 2004. Although he has little interest in television (and has not owned a TV set during the past decade), Baron has always been inspired by the implications of the democratization of media.
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