As an older student I thought that this subject wouldn’t be that interesting to me and I wouldn’t really learn anything new. I’ve lived through these changes and I can remember when there was no YouTube, Facebook or Netflix. My friends and I only used the internet to illegally download films and music which resulted in the death of many computers in my home growing up. I’ve have always been interested in international politics and I have paid attention to the changes that news outlets have had to make over the years in regards to expanding their reach online. However I was surprised to learn that 2008 was the first ‘Internet Election’ that saw American National candidates embrace the internet using YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to raise money and campaign. Millions of dollars were raised using the internet as a fund raising tool and statistics form the Pew Research Centre showed that 74% of President Obama supporters had received news and information about the 2008 election presidential online. 1998 was the first time a news story was broken on the internet and just last month Fox News teamed with Google to stream the GOP debate (Republican Presidential Candidates) live. The news industry and the internet have been on a long journey together and the history of the internet tells that people are always willing to embrace different ways of consuming media. The Pew Research Centre has some interesting statistics on Internet use in relation to news, I’d advise anyone interested in American News & Politics to check out the link below.