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Chris Taylor
Biggest stories of 2014 didn't need traditional news outlets
Biggest stories of 2014 didn't need traditional news outlets

Gaza, Ferguson, a casino elevator in New Jersey — this was the year that raw images and social media, not gatekeepers, drove the national conversation. From photos posted on Twitter to bits of raw video shot on smartphones and surveillance cameras, media reached a tipping point this year in which the most important parts of the biggest stories came to us not in prepackaged formats of network and cable newscasts, front pages or even home pages, but in grainy, shocking bits and pieces of data. They often seemed to arrive out of nowhere to rip through our culture, leaving us agitated, polarized and often confused. It didn't happen overnight or exactly on a 365-day calendar, but...

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