Hype inflation one more reason news is broken

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Should I laugh or should I cry? It’s not just the title of a 1981 song by Abba – it’s how you sometimes feel when something is either so absurd or so maddening or so something that you’re just not sure how to react. We here at DecodeDC think politics and the actions of those who play in the political arena are filled with laugh or cry moments. We hope you do, too. 

Breaking news inflation is one of the big reasons why the news racket is so broken these days. Everything seems to be “breaking news.” Even this: 

This poor woman on WNBC looks like she just learned the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. And indeed Facebook was down for a time. And indeed Twitter was lighting up with the news. 

Do we cry that a brief Facebook outage is breaking news in our overly socially mediated e-world?

Or do we laugh and assume WNBC is kind of maybe making fun of said overly socially mediated e-world?

Watch the video and tell us what you think.

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