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Alfred Hermida

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 27: Social Media and Journalism

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Social Media and Journalism
Social media and journalism
Alfred Hermida
Introduction

When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on the night of July 20, 1968, 125 million Americans were glued to their TV sets to watch astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the grey landscape. By the time of the live broadcast of the Moon landings, television had become the dominant form of media for news, information and entertainment in the US. The TV set was a fixture in nine out of 10 American homes. Television was the defining medium for the Baby Boomer generation in the US. Now in their fifties and sixties, this generation continues to turn to television for political news (Mitchell, Gottfried and Matsa, 2015).

Television has proved to be remarkably resilient as a ...

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