This and That
When Sir Barry told us that our first reading can be found online, I didn’t bother looking at it in the website even if I was already online. Instead, I had the material photocopied the next day. I’d rather read articles on paper than through my computer.
This is one reason why we cannot say that print is dead. Some people still prefer books and newspapers over e-books and websites. I remember a friend of mine (who is a bookworm) telling me that given enough money to buy an e-book reader, he’d still go for the actual printed book. What those cool gadgets don’t have is the scent of every traditional book’s page which book lovers like (especially when you open it for the first time). They also enjoy the feeling of turning the pages as they read along. I, myself, who hates reading the news by the way, now enjoy reading them but only in print. If we were required to read it online, I would probably still be forcing myself to know what’s up.
But one advantage of gadgets today is their size. Instead of bringing a big bag because you want to read Harry Potter while you travel, you can use a smaller one with an e-book reader. There’s less hassle.
And now that the world is spinning faster than ever, people can hardly read the newspaper—even visit a news website actually. For most of the people who are registered in different social networking sites, what they do is to just read the status message of their friends. The fact that people around them (their friends) are talking about a certain topic, somewhat assures them that what they’re reading is relevant or a major issue. Moreover, reading in social networking sites gives them an extensive view of the issue because they can also read opinions from different people. They can share their opinions too, through the comments box in Facebook, for example.
Today we can say that new social media is becoming an integral part of our daily lives. Internet users now find it hard to resist logging in even for a day. Some say they can’t live without the internet.
I kind of experienced this. While waiting for our professor to arrive, my classmates were talking about someone’s photos on the internet and I found it hard to join that conversation just because I wasn’t able to go online the day before. I felt so out of place. So now even if you see your friends everyday face to face, conversations wouldn’t be much fun if one of you failed to go online.
The internet is everywhere– when we look for jobs or sales, order food at Mcdo, read tips on how lose weight, etc. And to ensure that traditional print publishers won’t be left behind, they make certain adjustments. Wall Street Journal for instance, now have earlier deadlines so that they could deliver their papers earlier—although this is not that effective for it only takes seconds to have news posted online.
No matter how faster and more efficient the new social media might be than the traditional one, both will still co-exist. Traditional media won’t die because for one, online versions won’t be offered for free anymore in the future. They’re bridging the gap between traditional and new social media because “print publications with digital versions have to make money or else both versions will eventually die.”