"Internet Now Major Source of Campaign News":

The Pew Research Center surveyed Americans about their main sources of campaign news, and apparently counted which news sources they mentioned as their first or second response. Here are the percentages for each source, in 2004 and 2008:

Oct. 2004Oct. 2008
Don't Know2%1%

Pretty striking, it seems to me; and, the Internet has a huge edge over newspapers among younger respondents (49-17% for 18-to-29-year-olds, 37%-23% for 30-to-49-year-olds). Check out all the data on the Pew site; also, please let me know if you can find the text of the question, which I always prefer to include when possible.

Thanks to InstaPundit for the pointer.

Interestingly, radio is not dead yet. Marconi's invention is, in fact, 6 points fatter now than it was 4 years ago. Wasn't tv supposed to burry its old brother?

Can we suspect the old media is gaining popularity with the young generations, since net surfers ought to listen to the radio while reading the Volokh Conspiracy?

If McCain doesn't pull a rabbit tomorrow, we can at least rely on the radio's revival as 2008's upset.
11.3.2008 10:19pm
A. Zarkov (mail):
This shows that newspapers on on their way out. The NYT posted a 3Q $2M after tax loss, and the Washington Post out did them with a $10M loss. Many other papers are losing money constantly. I think we will see newspapers go completely online. Will they charge? I doubt it. The NYT tried charging for its opinion columns-- absolutely the most worthless part of the newspaper. I would almost pay not to have the opinion section. Of course they had to abandon this policy. Why would anyone pay to read (say) Moreen Dowd when they could simply ask a waitress at the local diner and get a more intelligent opinion.

Not a single newspaper including the WSJ would have helped you predict the collapse of the housing market and subsequent credit contraction. But if you were a regular reader of the Calculated Risk blog site, you knew what was happening. How come the newspapers with all their resources can't do as well?
11.3.2008 10:30pm
HC1 (mail):
Sad. Very sad.
11.3.2008 11:07pm
LM (mail):
These results are misleading. Anyone who's read a comment thread knows the group that answered "Internet" includes a large contingent for whom a better answer would have been "Ouija, entrails and tin foil."
11.4.2008 1:17am