Newspapers Are Old NewsPosted: September 26, 2011
By Joey Vento
The argument of whether not newspapers are going to last has been debated for some time now. With electronic news sources being able to provide stories almost instantly, newspapers are kind of old news by the time they are printed. As far as opinion editorials, blogging can take that over, if it hasn’t already.
So why are newspapers even still around? The biggest reason newspapers still exist is because the people who grew up without technology still exist. Our parents and grandparents are used to getting the newspaper on their doorstep, not sitting down with their laptop. Generations that grew up with the internet aren’t going to start buying newspapers just because they’re getting old.
There is a generation growing up right now that is using smart phones and iPads to get their news. They have Twitter applications on their phones that updates instantaneously with real-time news; some even equipped with video. This is why Print media will in fact fade away. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media is becoming primary news sources. This doesn’t mean that the New York Times is going to disappear though. It just means that you’ll only be reading it electronically.
This conclusion may seem a little obvious to you. But my point is that it may happen much sooner than you think. When was the last time YOU bought a newspaper? Think about it.