Wednesday, November 29, 2006

News Coverage and the Web

The Boston Globe reported twelve high school students were expelled from Edwardsville High School in Illinois. Unlike the Globe, The Edwardsville Journal reported the incident without mentioning a key element—that the fight was orchestrated through MySpace.com.

The Edwardsville Journal reported that “School officials heard about the potential conflict from other students at the school, while the Boston Globe maintained that school officials said the fight was arranged on MySpace.

Why did the Journal leave out this fact? Is the mainstream media overly concerned with occurrences happening on the Web, instead of the events themselves? Does this indicate that some news sources are trying to place blame on social networking sites when altercations like this arise?

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