Where were you when….?

OK, so Patrick Swayze probably doesn’t reach the stature of Michael Jackson, Elvis, or JFK.

But his untimely death does inspire an interesting media question: How did you first hear of his death? Did you hear it on television? Did you check your e-mail on msn.com?

For me, I first saw it as a Twitter trending topic. For breaking news, Twitter has tipped me off to several major stories, including the Iran election and the death of Michael Jackson. And often, it’s the people I follow who tip me off to the stories they’ve read or heard.

The next time you hear a big story, think about where you heard it. How much credence did you give that first source? And what did you do after you heard the news?

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