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?