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Twitter is to cable news what cable news was to network news?

I have been a passive Twitter user since the past 6 months. It's an awesome service and the information out there is very helpful. I also like the fact that unlike FB, there is no pressure to visit each and every single update from friends and hit the like button and comment it!
From the past 3 months I have been noticing a few changes in me. I don't watch news on Television anymore. Previously CNN, MSNBC or Fox were the channels where I received much of my information. Now, I find that the news are stale or old on cable news. Neither do I have the audacity of watching bunch of creeps or religious psychopaths and sex offenders talking and persuading a hidden agenda which I detest from the core of my heart. On cable news, I feel like I am watching the same old videos and news that I have watched a day or at time 2 days online  via Twitter.
Late January and early February we noticed a phenomenon in middle-east. Egypt and then later Libya were forefront of a economic, political and social rumble that took the entire population with thousands of people trying to use Facebook and Twitter to pass on the information to the rest of the world. Even with a "Kill Switch" enabled by the Egypt and then Libya government, we could see the power of people using microwave radio frequency and dial-ups to connect to social media especially twitter to pass on the messages. I was watching the coverage on TV and I saw the same messages from Twitter been relayed over and over again to let the world know the happenings in Libya and Egypt. That was the first indication to me, that social media and Twitter has reached a power medium to share news, knowledge and information which is much more "live"  and current and more importantly "Human" then the cable news.
I even found network like AL-Jazeera English streaming free news and videos online from the affected areas of Libya and Egypt. CNN and other news channels were just streaming the same videos from Al-Jazeera network to it's viewers.
Last Friday Japan was hit with a devastating earthquake followed by Tsunami. I feel saddened by the events following it and my heart and prayers goes to my fellow Japanese people who have lost a lot and facing this grave situation. Devastating events followed by small stories of triumph like a baby been survived in the Tsunami and found after 3 days makes you feel better.
As the nation is still fighting the battle to avoid a nuclear disaster, the technological medium of Twitter has bought the live information fore-front to everyone. The videos submitted by the common people hit Twitter first rather than the cable news helicopter hovering around trying to cover the news.
A news about cleaning up the space junk using lasers was relayed today on CNN, when the video and news first hit Twitter on Sunday night!
Twitter has been great service so far and the medium is non-obtrusive. There is no pressure to be active nor there is a compulsion to tag each other with comments for the sake of it.
Few years back News paper were feeling and are still feeling the heat from Internet and they still haven't figured out a way to monetize their revenue online.

Today Twitter is to cable news today what cable news was to network news!
Karma. It always comes to bite you :-)

But to close it out  - We are living in the most exciting phase of Change where change is happening right in front of us and the information is available as it happens.


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