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Twitter and Instagram are a place to exchange worlds. You show me your world and I’ll show you mine.

I’m often amazed by the images in my feed from people on the ground in remote places like North Korea, Syria, North Wales, and Reykjavik.

The mobile phone enables people to become primary sources. Citizen journalists create the news. Social media runs faster than the old world of news delivered top-down. No one wants to hear the same news twice.

CNN, MSNBC, Fox, all these networks are bad curators regurgitating what most people have already seen on Twitter. Do I need to hear it again? No, thanks; not unless they’re providing alternative angles and extra analysis which you’ll usually find in The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal in a few hours.

People get their news now either directly or bottom-up from their peers, the same way they do for products and just about everything else.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

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