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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.”

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5 responses

  1. I agree when you said that the traditional and the social media will still co-exist no matter how fast the Internet has penetrated the lives of the people. I don’t really think that we can stay in front of our computers or mobile phones or PSPs the whole day. Our eyes, I think, won’t be able to take that much strain. Besides, there are just some things that the Internet cannot replace. What we experience in the Web is simply a virtual reality. It ends when our Internet connection fails. And honestly, I still believe that nothing beats the real thing. Just like any bookworm, I love the smell of books (old or new). And even if I have read a novel in the e-book version, I would still prefer to buy and reread the real and tangible one.

    June 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

  2. blahblahblogsheet

    “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.” SO TRUE! This is what happened when I deleted my account, I felt so out of place. It’s like you’ve been out of the loop.

    I also agree with what you said that social media and traditional media will co-exist. I suppose there’s we can do about that. Both of them will always go hand in hand. There are a lot of one media that the other cannot fill in. And hello, not everyone has access to social media so they have no choice but to resort to traditional media.

    June 27, 2010 at 4:56 am

  3. Karen

    Back then when teenage girls were going gaga with the Twilight saga, I got really curious and suddenly I felt the need to read it. 🙂 But since I’m too shy to borrow from those who have copies and too frugal to buy my own, I decided to just download eBooks and find freewares that could convert those eBooks, and use my cellphone to read all those four titles. Hey I’m telling you, I had a hard time reading because my phone’s screen is too small (I almost became cross-eyed, haha). Ahh, the things I would do to save money!

    After this unusually long and senseless anecdote, my point is this: print is not (and will never be) dead! If only I had truckloads of money, I would really buy “real” books. But since I’m just a lowly student at this point in time, I guess those free eBooks would suffice. Haha.

    And hey, I’m quite surprised that you’d rather read the news from the bulky newspapers. I find it so hard to flip from page to page! But since we’re required to be updated about the things around us this semester, I’ve no choice but read them from Twitter. I can just scan my news feed, and click the link of the news that interests me. Another advantage of using the internet to read the news is the ability to use other internet tabs to look for news archives in case you don’t know what caused a certain event mentioned in the current news. The wonders of the internet, huh!

    June 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

  4. News feeds are everywhere! Have you noticed the news feeds on YM chat boxes? 😐 They are everywheeeereeee :O But just like what you’ve said, print is not (and will never be) dead unless they’ll make wonderful glasses that will prevent our eyes from being fried when reading from our screens. I think that new social media is there for comfort and convenience but our first love, print, will always be what we truly want. 🙂

    July 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm

  5. I just remembered Sir Chong’s lecture – that the generation today can keep up with reading PDFs online without getting dizzy. It’s not true all the time. Like you, I’m also more used to reading printed materials than online or in PDF. I may not have a printer to print those articles; but I’m willing to spend hundreds just to print my readings. Besides, I get distracted easily when the PC is on. Therefore, I won’t be able to focus on the content of my readings. It’s academics, you know. 🙂
    Things are different when talking about the likes of Twilight. I’d rather download an audiobook and listen to it than buy even a softbound copy. I can always sell my readings but not these books since I may develop an attachment with it. HAHA.
    Anyway, the point is this: we have our own preferences. As part of the new breed of consumers, we can freely choose what we want, and how we want it. It’s not just black or white. It may be both. 🙂

    July 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

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