Is the written press a dying art? – Oracle online

Go ahead and do a Google search for “print media is dead”. I’ll wait.

From the cursory search results headlines alone, it’s pretty clear that there’s no consensus on the matter, and there probably won’t be until the last tree on earth is burned. and that printing on paper will be impossible. But if the speculation about the slow death of the print media turns out to be true, it’s worth asking why it seems to be dying and why we demand and argue for its inevitable and unavoidable death.

Locally, Arkadelphia has been happily served with the defunct Daily Siftings Herald since 1918, when it formed as the only surviving hybrid of a few local newspapers. It ceased publication a century later on September 15, 2018. The same day, Hope Star and Nevada County Picayune-Times also closed their presses. They were shut down by their corporate overlords GateHouse Media, a subsidiary of an investment firm that would merge with Gannett, the media giant behind USA Today, and Tegna, Inc., which owns Little Rock’s KTHV 11 channel. .

A 2019 report from the University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism said one in five local newspapers in the United States had closed since 2004, citing “new media barons” like GateHouse who swallowed small papers and quickly raised their hands when they did. are not immediately profitable for managers and shareholders without investing in their acquisitions.

At the same time, many outlets began to “pivot to video,” a phrase now synonymous with newsroom layoffs and even a euphemism for death. This was all due to a false impression of increased consumer demand for video content driven by Facebook (now Meta) inflating video audience metrics to sell more advertising. Initially, The Wall Street Journal reported metric inflation of 60-80%, but later documents in a lawsuit against the social media giant estimated between 150-900%. Many conglomerates have closed news outlets and laid off newsrooms to focus on producing short-form social media videos rather than text reporting.

The media landscape therefore suggests that the speculative death of the print media has little to do with the evolution of attention spans, the practicality of physical media in the digital age, or the children of our days, but is the fault of insatiable corporate greed and a dwindling number of ever-growing media conglomerates. The world where a handful of companies own every medium is bleak, but it’s the one we live in. If the last man standing decides that it would be more economical to stop operating all the printers in the country, he will not hesitate. for it to be so.

I can’t say print media is or isn’t dying, I’m a stupid Gen Z kid who knows nothing. All I can say is that I love seeing my name printed in ink and I sure hope the Oracle will continue to provide an article in Community Edition paper, at least for as long as I’m still the.

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