The Flow of Information

The Flow of Information

Minutes and Hours after an event

Social media exchanges (text messages, emails Web site postings) and TV reports broadcast instant information about unfolding events.

Next Day

Newspaper articles and continued media coverage focus increased public attention on the event.

Weeks After

Facts and opinions are expressed in magazine articles or in blogs.

Months After

Scholars begin to examine social, political, or economic implications of the event and provide their analysis by publishing articles in academic journals.

Years After

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.