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When a squirrel dies: The rapid decline of local news

Sep 14 2017 — Jaigris Hodson — Once, when discussing our changing habits online, Mark Zuckerberg told his colleagues, “a squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.” This memorable though insensitive quote suggests that social media platforms are optimized to support local news over international coverage. In other words, […]

When a squirrel dies: The rapid decline of local news

Sep 14 2017 — Jaigris Hodson — A recent research project about the 2015 Canadian election showed social media is no substitute for local news coverage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power Jaigris Hodson, Royal Roads University Once, when discussing our changing habits online, Mark Zuckerberg told his colleagues, “a squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your interests right […]