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Most of you use Facebook.
Shocking, I know.
But perhaps you’d be genuinely surprised to know 44 percent of you use Pinterest, Hulu is building a following and no one seems to have much use for Reddit, Digg or Delicious.
At least, that’s the case according to my super-unscientific survey taken by — wait for it, wait for it — a whopping 33 people. (Geeze, folks, how difficult is it to click on a box?) That, of course, makes any conclusions drawn from the results incredibly specious.
Which, of course, won’t stop me from drawing them, anyway.
Much has been written -- here and elsewhere -- about the effect the Internet and ever-more-accessible information is having on print media. But it also is having an effect on traditional electronic media, particularly television. The pressure upon and peril to that industry is not likely to abate anytime soon, inasmuch as content is being formatted and devices such as tablets and smartphones are being engineered to make video increasingly mobile.
Those of you who read the regular updates about the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing on our "microsite" might have noticed we used social-media aggregator Storify to pull together links, tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos and other online content -- and, of course, our own reporting -- to keep you in the know about Hilton Head Island's annual PGA Tour event.
I recently wrote of the perils that can befall a news-gathering operation that willingly injects itself into a story. But sometimes, journalists can become part of a story unwittingly.
CNN correspondent Susan Candiotti has stoked a controversy by using foul language in reporting the recent shootings of five black men in Tulsa, Okla. (I found it interesting that this story on Yahoo News focused its lede on "a racial slur" but didn't make immediate mention of what seems to me a bigger taboo -- a f-bomb.)
Most of the duties that came with my former job as sports editor of The Island Packet seem distant to me after four-plus years as news editor. But it still feels odd watching the final round of the Masters without writing about it, and Bubba Watson's stirring victory Sunday really made me long for the old days.
There's a saying in this business that you shouldn't let facts stand in the way of a good story, and some outlets seem determined these days not to let it stand in the way of a good protest, either.
Well, the news release this morning from the S.C. Education Lottery didn't come right out and say it, but the lucky winner of $250,000 of a recent Mega Millions drawing said they learned of the prize by reading "the morning newspaper." There's not another daily paper in Beaufort, so ....
Anyway, to read more about the unnamed winner's good fortune ("fortune," get it?), click here.