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Cable news has been the standard for breaking news until recently when FaceBook and Twitter started offering live video streaming.

This article from the New York Times suggests a new role for video in helping viewers better understand what the video means.  Sounds like something Marshall McCluhan might say about understanding media in the mobile age.  With new tools such as “live video streaming” embedded on platforms such as FaceBook and Twitter, the viewer is gathering information using live streaming video and also extending understanding about what the video means.

But as they say on cable, we’ve just gotten word of some breaking news — and it’s not pretty. If you’re watching on mute (which says something by itself, right?), you can consult this helpful Chyron: “Facebook to Swallow TV News, Just as It Has Everything Else.”