I read there are 1.7-billion websites on planet earth. Most of them are just parked domains, but that leaves earthlings with almost 300-million legitimate-like websites to gather information from, and, well, the math doesn’t support the thought they’ll all be good sources.
Times Are Changing
Remember way back when, back to the early days of the iPhone App Store? In the years following the App Store’s launch I started collecting news apps that would, collectively, give me a good and accurate view of what’s going on the world, so I could avoid the likes of InfoWars and their ilk.
I had them all. BBC, NPR, CNN and FOX, ABC and NBC and CBS, plus Politico, USA Today, and a few of the apps that were specific to news, weather, and sports at home; St. Louis, MO. My collection continued, though. I added HuffPost and Reddit among many others.
Guess what happened? I settled down on Flipboard because it was a bit customizable, ran articles from my aforementioned list, and, well, it was just so damned easy to flip from one article to another, one category to another.
Flipboard was so easy I forgot all about the other news apps. It just took too much time to wade through each one. It had become like a monster RSS newsreader for my fingers.
Then, Apple introduced the new News app at about the same time I figured out Flipboard was rigged with people who just packaged various articles– it’s called unprofessional and inexperienced curation. So, I dropped Flipboard and fell in love with Apple News.
Again, I got to choose most of the sources, even though Apple provides a degree of curation or editing of sources. Generally speaking, everything I want in news and information shows up in News, sans the need to wade through a dozen additional apps that have the same information and more.
I do not want to suffer through information overload and digging around in two dozen apps must be the same definition.
Unfortunately, News does not avoid the typical Lies, Damned Lies, and Yellow Journalism so prevalent in online sites, these days. What might make Apple’s News even more attractive is the option to filter out specific article types; hate speech, anything to do with Demi Lovato and Chole Kardashian, and, well, you get the idea. My News daily home page is not sufficiently smart enough to know I also selected the Cardinals as my sports team, so I have rummage elsewhere for those details.
There is just too much going on in the world to keep up with it all so I need to curate the apps that curate the news for me.