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CNN’s irrational fear of social media

CNN has a big problem: its ratings are dropping. Big time. A New York
Times article this week pointed out that CNN’s main hosts have lost
almost 50% of their viewers over the past year.

And while CNN’s viewership is plummeting, its competitors are gaining
viewers. Several FOX News hosts have registered year-over-year
viewership gains in the range of 25-50%. And lest you think the drop in
CNN’s viewership is primarily the result of demographics or political
preferences, CNN is even being beat out at certain hours by MSNBC and
CNN’s lightweight news channel, HLN.

Michael Jackson’s memorial service will test the limits of online video

News of Michael Jackson’s death last month nearly shut down the Internets with interest and confusion as people went online to check and discuss the news. Today is the pop singer’s memorial service in Los Angeles and online news channels and video hubs are preparing for similar levels of traffic. 

Everyone  – from the BBC to USA Today and MySpace – is planning to live stream the service, which is today at 10:00 PST at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If viewer interest comes anywhere near the level expected by these sites, the whole Internet might shut down. Alternately, it could illustrate the potential of online video left untouched by profit motives.