Gone are the days of Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow.
Millennials think today’s news consists of “garbage, lies” and “propaganda,” and that it’s “boring,” according to Paula Poindexter, a University of Texas journalism professor.
This assessment of millennials’ perception of the news is revealed in her new book, “Millennials, News, and Social Media: Is News Engagement a Thing of the Past?
Millennials, also know as members of Generation Y, are generally considered anyone born in the late 1970s/early ‘80s to early 2000s.
According to a press release (highlighted by Jim Romenesko), a survey conducted by Poindexter noted five major factors that affect this group’s news consumption:
• Most millennials give the news media average to failing grades when it comes to reporting on their generation.
• Millennials describe news as garbage, lies, one-sided, propaganda, repetitive and boring.
• When they consume news, millennials are more likely than their baby boomer parents to access news with smartphones and apps and share news through social media, texting and email.
• Most millennials do not depend on news to help with their daily lives.
• The majority of millennials do not feel being informed is important.
Poindexter offered an ominous (if somewhat hysterical) warning: “In the future we may not have anybody consuming news.”