Each morning while walking out of the house,I grab a part of the weekly newspaper and start my way to university. Why reading only segments of the paper? To start with, the subway ride lasts about 30 minutes, which gives time for about 4 to 5 articles. Secondly, carrying the whole newspaper with me is firstly unhandy and additionally the handling of the whole paper would produce a much louder carpet of sounds. However reading just the “Dossier” is not as unhandy either. It takes about 7 seconds to turn over a page, while rustling with the brown tinted paper and pressuring the elbows into my neighbor’s rip. There are times when reading a newspaper, which usually is six times as large as the face, creates an uncomfortable situation.
Why then, do subway voyagers undergo this recurring and copious procedure? Because they want to be informed.
During the past years, a new reader group has been established. Smartphones and –pads found their way to the underground, now newspaper fetishists sit next to (smart) women and men, whose fingers whizz over the glossy surfaces without neither creating scraping noises nor bothering the co-rider. What do those reader have in advance? Both soundlessness and real time actuality.
While the traditional newspaper subscriber reads a formal report about for example Muammar Gaddafi’s death, the smartphone user skims through “The Story of the Gaddafi Story” by Craig Silverman. The journalist published a personal comment on the murder of the former Lybian dictator including meticulous twitter feeds by various observers.
Receiving news and opinions via online platforms and blogs has become a great trend coevally to the development of the web. Hence a new communication channel is conquering the world
According to Villie Farah, blogging is unaffected by the censorship of media. Online authors are hardly affected by it whereas press policies and the money suppliers who are the advertisers restrict newspaper or magazine journalists. The main revenue in the printed news is earned through advertisement.
Considering the online press, web anonymity and the impossibility of controlling the blog sphere gives a chance to everyone in stating the individual opinion and to avoid state control, claims Farah.
In addition Farah believes that the real-time transfer of eyewitness comments often draw a considerably higher interest to the reader than the article of an external observer after the event. People share opinions, commenting on each other’s blogs, which are a realistic resource for everyone.
Nevertheless, blogging also increases the risk of spreading rumors and false information. Farah claims that the blogs give a “voice to the voiceless”. This opportunity happens to be misused and may cause more harm than benefit.
What now – is there a balance between rustling and whizzing?
Therefore the critical evaluation of blog posts is a “must” for every reader. Not everything posted in the web is true, neither is everything published in a book, in my perception. Consequently, objecting the opinions of others carefully helps on the one hand gaining a wider horizon and on the other hand to determine the relevance for oneself.
Returning to our initial situation. Personally, I prefer to use both media, the printed use as well as the web. The weekly paper paves the way for a solid foundation of information. The traditional readers are able to take the advantage of blogs as well. Searching the web for further and deeper comments on a topic that interests is a remarkable opportunity for anyone, also for non-owners of smart technologies.
As Villie Farah describes the benefits of blogging, different web authors, such as Pavel Ushakov agree.
Nevertheless many observers believe in the downfall of the newspaper industry and the substitution by the online communication. Mattias’ post demonstrates an opinion about it. Speaking for myself, I prefer reading the newspapers and additionally to search the web for individual comments and articles.
The adaption of the news industry to the Web 2.0 fascinates, especially regarding the fact that all business from various areas transform their models as well. It is not only changing news but also the complete social life.
The question that arouses now is whether printed newspapers will still be demanded in the future?