The Effect of Consuming News at Work

By Deane Barker on October 29, 2011

Professor Pablo Boczkowski on news consumption…: This is from a professor who has studied public news consumption.  He talks in the video, and the transcript is below.

The entire thing is interesting, but I particularly liked this point:

The people who tend to work in an office environment, with other coworkers, and get the news online at work, tend to identify the consumption of online news with the workplace. So when they leave the office, right, because there is that symbolic association between the consumption of news and the workplace, they don’t want, when they’re at home, or it’s the weekend, they don’t want to get the news online.

So, our ability to consume news at work (which, let’s face it, is somewhat unique to the last decade), affects how we “place” news in our life and how we perceive it in relating to us.  News becomes a “business” concern, rather than a “personal” concern.

I can’t even speculate on the long-term implications of that.