The Guardian was one of the remaining voices to be heard in the British news industry's recent effort to self-regulate, and it has opted to stay out of the proposed press regulator. It says the initiative is a threat to its independence, will not help those victimized by bad press, will be dominated by the largest national operations, and is unlikely to receive privy council support in any event. The privy council will soon review the proposal, which has the support of several leading national properties.
The number of American adults who use social media continues to rise. The latest report from the Pew Research Center suggests 72 per cent use social media, up five points from 2012. Jessica Lee, writing for ClickZ, notes that the over-65 age group continues to embrace social networks, with 43 per cent now using them. Twitter users continue to be a relatively small cohort: only 18 per cent overall, but 30 per cent of those 18-29.
A new report from ForeSee.com indicates tablet use is growing and that one key strength of the devices is the preference Americans have for consuming media on them over their personal computers. The survey indicated tablets and smartphones scored a 77 on a 100-point scale, while PCs scored 67. Matthew Miller, writing for ZDNet, indicates iTunes, Netflix and HBO Go were the most preferred sources of content.