The Future of News in the World of Tablets

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Captioned “The Tablet Revolution & the Future of News” this piece attempts to inform the reader of the new trend towards digitalization of news. To analyze the validity of the statistics shown I first visited the Pew Data Source (PDS) (link) website listed as the primary resource, and discovered that the PDS is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that conducts research projects to inform the public about the issues and trends shaping America. After scrolling through thirteen, in-depth, pages of analysis I found one titled “Methodology” (link2) where the site listed Princeton Data Source (link3), as the group that had collected the data. A thorough examination of their data collection methodology yielded the origin of the statistics. The Princeton Data Source uses random digit dialing and scientific sampling to create a pool of potential sources to be surveyed.

On its own, random digit dialing is generally looked down upon as a poor method of representing the population’s interests, specifically when samples as low as the ones used in this study are selected. However, combined with scientific sampling methods, the Princeton Data Source can select their applicant pool with algorithms that allow them to accurately represent the total population.

This info-graphic draws on sophisticated, non-partisan organizations that try to inform the public about a technological trend in America. For the reasons shown above, I believe it is a reliable resource.

On the other hand, not all info-graphics have such extensive research to back their statistics. A big influence in advertising today is money. Unfortunately, the most powerful groups in this respect are politically polarized or technologically competitive. As a result, many today can be misleading and may provide factually inaccurate claims as well as opinionated judgments.

 

5 thoughts on “The Future of News in the World of Tablets”

  1. I like the way you show that at least some infographics do use reliable data, and don’t misrepresent data. However, I would like to see more of your analysis and less of your search.

  2. I think that you made a very valid argument, however, I think that more analysis should be made regarding the sampling process to see if either the sampling process was either sufficient or that the sample size was large enough with this study. For any sample, there is always bias based on a variety of factors which should always be taken into account to some extent.

  3. This is a very important piece of data, and all in all you did a very good job summarizing the data at hand. However, your actual analysis of the data seemed very limited. This data effectively validates the existing argument that much of news today is read on a tablet by showing how much time tablet users spend reading the news, however, it does not account for people that simply don’t own tablets. There are plenty of people these days that still read the news but do not own a tablet.

  4. Thank you all for the feedback, it helped me see the overflow of information given in the process section. Is there anything anyone feels is superfluous in that particular portion of the text?

  5. I was mostly surprised by your overall knowledge of the reliability and validity of the processes to determine the statistics. Seeing that infographics can be misleading in the first place, the sources and formulas used to create the statistics are particularly important. I also like how you chose a topic that was not completely random but actually a part of our lives. Tablets have become more and more popular very quickly over the past couple of years and this graphic does a great job of showing how many people have started to use them regularly. Of course, we see plenty of students and teachers here at Tech using them but I am sure we all know a few parents or siblings that own a tablet for more recreational use. But, like the others said, there was not a lot of analysis on the graphic itself although the information processes were well critiqued.

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