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Will Newspapers Be Eradicated Over Time?  
User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1290 times:

I've always wondered this, ever since the internet came out, and satellite tv and all, i've listened to the radio a LOT less, and now i barely read newspapers, i think newspaper owners and workers know that they've been (im speaking for my own nation) reaching out for stories, i don't call them newspapers anymore, they are all about the Paparazzi now, almost a magazine. The headlines are now about famous people getting robbed, or how some kid in a village did something crazy in an elevator shaft - less global, less economical, and more "how can we get people to read this and buy this" type news. That really annoys me, because i can go on the internet now and obtain information, UPDATED information, not printed once and unchangeable...

so do newspapers in your country try to keep their readers by becomming information, boring and basically magazines? I think that in 10 years time, the newspaper industry will fold

what do you all think?


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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

I think there will always be newspapers, albeit maybe not in the format that we are used to now. In the UK most of the so-called broadsheets have relauched into smaller format in recent years, the notable exception being the one with highest readership (the Telegraph), and all have moved more downmarket with far more emphasis on lifestyle and celebrity. That said, most still offer very good world news coverage with many lesser stories that aren't covered by the "world" broadcasters (BBC,CNN etc). Even today a fair percentage of the UK does not have access to modern technology and therefore a newspaper is the most practical way to be updated. Finally, where else would I get a crossword that folds up to hide behind papers and files on my desk?

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

I certainly hope not. Although you can probably get the same info on TV and online, I would much rather just open up my paper and get my news that way. Hopefully the newspaper will not go the way of the 8-track any time soon. I personally just picked up my free copy of the USAToday and NY Times and am about to go read it myself...

Harry



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

Probably...eventually....but not for a verrrry long time (measured in decades at minimum).

There are a lot of people out there who would LOVE to see "the end of print".
Some people are simply allergic to any kind of "outdated" medium such as print. And others would like to see the cutting of trees and litter/waste of newpapers go away. The idea of sitting down and flipping through the paper while sippinga cup of coffee has apparently become embedded in our genes. I see this behavior in all ages from 90 down to guys younger than me.

But for all the waste and bulk that a newspaper has, not everyone, everywhere at every time has Internet Access. Even cool little gadgets such as the Nextel Blackberry (which I'm still trying to figure out how to use) has only limited appeal: what would take several minutes in scrolling, typing, and such, one could simply turn the page or pick up another section. Not to mention the fact that most of the online newspapers require registration and/or a fee to read. Why go through that trouble when I can simply spend a quarter or fifty cents, read what I want and not have to worry about leaving a cookie trail?

Remember how PC's were supposed to eliminate the paper 'office' as we know it?

Every office I've ever been in relies on printouts just as much as they did 30 years ago.

There is nothing more reliable or convenient that good old fashioned print.

I suppose that for specific stories and/or live updates, online is the way to go.

But when it comes to skimming through all of the days stories, plus the syndicated columns, the editorials, the classifieds, and even the ads, at ones leisure, nothing beats a good old fashioned newspapper.


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1270 times:

I think once the people above the age of 20 today die, there will be 0 demand for print media. The Sundays of waking up, going out and getting the Sunday paper then curling up with a loved on and reading, have been replaced with waking up, grabbing your wireless PDA and reading whatever news you want while CNN/FOX/whatever is on the TV in the background. The only thing papers are good for is coupons, and even that has an online equilivent.

User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5633 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1251 times:

No, no and no. If you look back, television was supposed to mean the end of cinema (and I'm sure people predicted that the cinema would be the end of books). Television was also supposed to be the death knell for radio.

Have you ever tried to read a newspaper online? You'll read only a fraction of what you would in the paper version. The fact that news in a newspaper is hours behind television and radio hasn't dented their appeal either.

Newspapers' strengths are their in-depth reporting and op-ed pieces, and sitting down in an armchair with your favourite newspaper and a coffee is light years away from staring at your computer monitor.

They will evolve, but, like books (which, when you think of it, are such an outdated medium) they will always be with us. And what else would we use to swat flies with?


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1248 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
You'll read only a fraction of what you would in the paper version.

 redflag 
A) The online version of print papers USUALLY have the exact same text as the print, if not slightly updated.
B) Even if A is not true, there are SOOOO MANY sources online that you can get yourself the real picture if you want to.


User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

I kind of wonder why Newspapers aren't feeling more of a pinch. I picked up a copy of the local bird cage liner, the San Antonio Express news. All the news I had read verbatim 2 or more days ago off online news wires. The local news, which is pretty much the same every day, I can also read online if I choose. There is virtually no actual writing done in-house at a lot of papers. The weather and sports data is all out of date by the time it hits the stores. The movie times are sometimes less than accurate. I just don't see why people still buy them.

Then I am reminded of my girlfriends parents, people who are afraid of computers. They love newspapers, and they probably think I am being a smartass when I already know about something that was in todays paper.


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1240 times:

I think newspapers will eventually be supplanted by other media. I just hope it's not in my lifetime. Otherwise, I'll have to get a computer terminal installed in the bathroom!  rotfl 

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Russ



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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1235 times:

Newspapers will not die. It's a pain in the ass to fold your to the sports section on the subway.

[Edited 2005-09-16 19:51:09]


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User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

Quoting Pilotaydin (Thread starter):
Will Newspapers Be Eradicated Over Time?

Yes, and this too will be Bush's fault.


User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5633 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1213 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 6):
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
You'll read only a fraction of what you would in the paper version.

A) The online version of print papers USUALLY have the exact same text as the print, if not slightly updated.

I probably didn't make myself as clear as I should have: what I meant to say was that, while the online papers have the same content, it's just not the same reading it off a screen -- harder on the eyes being one reason -- so you just don't end up reading as much as you would in the print version.


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1209 times:

No Pope, you got it wrong. If newspappers get eradicated, and people get upset, THEN it's Bush's fault. If newspappers DON'T get eradicated, then it's Bush's fault for being an impediment to progress and technology.

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1201 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 11):
just not the same reading it off a screen -- harder on the eyes being one reason -- so you just don't end up reading as much as you would in the print version.

You need a better monitor, I'm VERY comfortable reading from my screens.


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