It remains to be seen whether we’re in the midst or still merely on the cusp of the golden age of information. The presumption in this space is that we’ll know once and for all whenever the day arrives when personally selected holograms are delivering the night’s Red Sox highlights in your living room.
But from a purely sports perspective, there is not a lingering shred of doubt that there’s currently a saturation of mediums for news and opinion, a menu of options unprecedented dating to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the smartphone’s distant ancestor.
Consider Boston. Here, the media tally includes two potent local sports radio stations (plus a couple more up and down the dial), two daily newspapers with their own websites, a pair of regional sports networks also bolstered by their own websites, another New England sports-dedicated website tied to a national cable network, plus a variety of message boards, blogs, and that irresistible online sports bar, Twitter.
“It’s not only more opinions at more outlets, but at more hours,’’ said Michael Holley, the WEEI afternoon drive co-host, author, and former Globe sports columnist. “You get it [at] 7 o’clock in the morning on the radio after we’ve all watched the game together on Twitter, and everyone has an opinion. And that’s fine. That’s the lifeblood of what we do. Talk radio is not journalism. I think we all know that. You’re not necessarily giving all sides of the argument. You’re trying to make the case one way or the other.”
These are heady times when it comes to the fan’s fulfillment of getting the news or opinion you want when you want from the venue of your choosing. Fans are more informed than ever — 25 years ago, only subscribers to then-niche publication Baseball America or readers of Peter Gammons’s column had more than an inkling of their favorite team’s top prospects. Now, Jackie Bradley Jr. is bordering on being a household name before he’s had a plate appearance in Triple A, let alone the majors. But the modern information overload can also be overwhelming, and it raises an interesting question:
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