The Daily Digg: News or Popularity Contest?

Sasha Brown-Worsham

There is a new way to get news delivered to the iPad through Digg that may be the final nail in newspaper's coffin -- the Daily Digg.

The new iPad app called the Daily Digg collects the stories that are trending on Digg and sends them to your device. Once there it looks almost like a New York Times you might read on your morning commute or sitting at your desk with a cup of coffee.

I'm not sure what to make of it.

To be honest, I cut my daily newspaper delivery back in graduate school in 2003 and have never looked back. When I need a paper, occasionally I'll buy it, but everything I read is now online.

It really seems like most people are moving that way in the same way many people are cutting the cords to their landlines. The times they are a changin', to be sure.

On the other hand, I still haven't decided if I'm going for an iPad or not, so this doesn't seem as appealing on a computer screen. Further, I have never really seen the appeal of Digg (sorry). It worries me that news will be chosen only by what is trendy and popular as opposed to what matters.

Does that mean I will be reading about Speidi and missing the news about an earthquake in Southeast Asia, which may not be as trendy? If so, then no thanks.

Would you use this app to get your news?


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