Online vs. Traditional Media Speed

I saw something interesting today. For the first time I can recall, I read a nerd news story on the website of a local newspaper before I read it on Slashdot.

In this case, the paper beat them by about 14 hours.

I don’t know if this is a coincidence, or if it is a sign that online news sources are forcing old media to become more responsive. Factors in Slashdot’s defence include timezone and the fact that it happened on Superbowl weekend. (Do nerds watch the Superbowl now the ad breaks are not full of dot-coms).