In America we like things fast – fast cars, fast horses and fast food – and the drive to be first compels us to find new ways to be fast. The typical news cast from Fox or CNN is an example of fast. Historically, we had to wait until six or ten p.m. to get the nightly news. When the news came on, we saw a Walter Cronkite clone in front of the camera delivering one story at a time, most important to least, slowly and deliberately.
In 1980, CNN came on the scene and changed the news game forever. News delivered to your living room 24 hours a day, seven days a week, was an amazing thing and our appetite for the continuous news cycle was born. With the advent of the internet, we no longer have to wait for anything – except packages from Amazon or pizza deliveries – and our thirst for immediate information grows exponentially.