The Flow of Information

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Information Cycle

Minutes and hours after an event Next day Weeks after Months after Years after
Social media exchanges (text messages, emails Web site postings) and TV reports broadcast instant information about unfolding events. Newspaper articles and continued media coverage focus increased public attention on the event. Facts and opinions are expressed in magazine articles or in blogs. Scholars begin to examine social, political, or economic implications of the event and provide their analysis by publishing articles in academic journals. As more information is gathered and made available, experts write books on the subject. Established knowledge of the event is summarized in encyclopedias and other reference sources.