One frequently cited condition of post-modernity is a growing sense of fragmentation and a compression of time and space. In media, this sensation is felt through new technology that allows constant publication.
In this new environment, the traditional journalistic concept of "deadlines" now seems quaint, with even Laurie Oakes twittering second-by-second updates from doorstops. For those of us brought up in the wire services (where our lives were ruled by the tyranny of the "snap") it is illuminating seeing newspaper and 6pm news hacks now all caught up in the noise machine.
At some point, though, the ability to publish instantly must start to work against comprehension. While there's nothing wrong with journalists providing running commentary on breaking news events, you wonder sometimes whether we're at risk of losing the benefit of the long view - or even the middle view that used to rest somewhere between the immediacy of wire service snaps and the pampered perspective of magazine journalism.
What do others think?