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Whitney Houston — and Social Media — Make Headlines
By: Christine Geraci
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I found out about Whitney Houston's death from a New York Times push notification to my iPhone.
 
Within a few hours, we began hearing about the outpouring of condolences and support on social media. Tweets were quoted and infographics were displayed on CNN and other news networks. 
 
As we watched a Twitter analysis on the news, my husband turned to me and asked, "How is this news? I really don't care that Whitney Houston is a trending topic." On one hand, I had to agree with him. 
 
Whitney Houston's untimely death was the news. Yet, its dominance of social networks quickly became a spinoff news story. Is the fact that social media blew up in reaction to the news really all that surprising? Honestly, not really.
 
But on the other hand...
 
Social media became the story less than a couple of hours after Houston was pronounced dead. Actually, social media broke the story in the first place. And many of us found out about it via social media.
 
This is the world we live in now. And for many people, this world is still new.
 
That's why social media's influence over the news...still makes news. 
 
Further, while remarks made out loud in a coffee shop will simply float away unless someone writes them down, social media lets anyone, from a high-profile celebrity to the average Joe, become quotable by traditional news media standards. 
 
Do you think we're close to the day when news that's broken and discussed via social media will no longer be highlighted separately by traditional media?
 
Or are you already over it?


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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