Which media are you rooting for in 2020?
A majority of Americans are looking to the future of the media to predict how the next two years will play out.
And while many are looking at the political landscape to get a feel for how the country is shaping up, a plurality are looking toward social media.
In a new survey from the Pew Research Center, 46 percent of Americans say they are looking for news and information platforms to help them predict the future.
That’s a 5-point jump from the last survey conducted in December of last year.
When it comes to how they want the media, Americans are leaning toward a “broad-based media” in which they want news outlets to be diverse and to “represent diverse audiences and communities,” said Pew.
The survey found that 43 percent of American adults want to see the media focus on diverse topics and that 44 percent want the news media to focus on local news, local news and local events.
Only 33 percent of respondents said they want to have the news and news media focused on one specific issue, according to Pew.
Only 15 percent said they are focused on a specific type of news story.
“People don’t care about who’s on TV or who’s in the news anymore.
They care about the information they get,” said Mark Pollak, president and CEO of Pew Research.
“They’re just not buying into the idea that the media are there to be unbiased arbiters of information.”
The survey also found that Americans are split over how the media will address the rise of the social media age.
While 56 percent of those surveyed want the “new media” to focus more on providing a platform for free speech and information, 42 percent said the media should be more inclusive.
In contrast, 57 percent of the people surveyed want “traditional media” outlets to continue to be the primary news outlets.
A majority said the “old media” should continue to report on issues of public concern.
“We don’t want to live in a country where people are going to sit back and watch TV and read newspapers and read magazines,” said Pollak.
“We want to be a society where people have the opportunity to watch the news, listen to the news from the news organizations, watch news organizations and listen to news organizations.
We want the people to have a voice in that.”
Pollak said that when it comes down to what they want in the media landscape, Americans generally favor more diverse news outlets that cover issues like immigration, health care, immigration, and police reform.
But he cautioned that this is a political issue that will likely take time to shape.
“In the end, it’s going to be about the tone, the tone of the news that is going to define what kind of news that the American people will consume and consume in the future,” Pollak said.
“That’s going, in a lot of ways, to define the direction of the country in the next 10 years.”
In terms of what they believe is important in the way the media is perceived, Pew found that 56 percent believe that the public is generally more tolerant of the idea of diversity.
Just 17 percent believe diversity is important.
While there are some differences in the ways that Americans think about what they are watching, Pew’s results also show that many of those who watch news on television are looking out for the public interest, while many of the Americans who watch traditional media on television aren’t.
In fact, nearly two-thirds of respondents in Pew’s survey said that they want “the news and the news outlets [to] have a more balanced approach to covering public issues,” and a majority also said that “the media should have a greater role in advancing social issues.”