International Herald Tribune: Finding political news online, the young pass it on

"[Y]ounger voters tend to be not just consumers of news and current events but conduits as well — sending out e-mailed links and videos to friends and their social networks. And in turn, they rely on friends and online connections for news to come to them. In essence, they are replacing the professional filter — reading The Washington Post, clicking on CNN.com — with a social one. ... Jane Buckingham, the founder of the Intelligence Group, a market research company ... recalled conducting a focus group where one of her subjects, a college student, said, "If the news is that important, it will find me."