Removing print media from supermarkets will make the world one-dimensional
Ten years ago, there were many magazines and newspapers in the checkout aisles of grocery stores, but today that trend is rapidly declining. As a kid and teenager growing up in Miami, I couldn’t leave Publix after my family’s weekly shopping without asking my parents for the latest issue of Tiger Beat or J-14 Magazine, reading the magazine from cover to cover. to each other by the time we drove home. I think this early exposure to youth-oriented print journalism is what interested me in this field. Now I go for more sophisticated magazines like Time or Vogue, but my interest in magazines and newspapers remains.
As more and more supermarkets around the world continue to follow this trend of removing all print media from their stores, it raises concerns about the future landscape of the media industry.
According to Nieman Lab, as of September 30, the German grocery chain Aldi has completely stopped selling newspapers and magazines. Aldi is the fifth largest grocery store chain in the UK and also has branches in 17 other countries, including the US. In addition to Aldi, Starbucks also stopped selling newspapers at all of its outlets in the United States in September, but will compensate by offering customers digital access. to a few newspapers. This wave of print media eradication has also spilled over into U.S. supermarkets, with America’s largest supermarket chain Kroger announcing that it will no longer offer magazines or newspapers as of October 15.
It’s no surprise that print media is becoming less popular with the rise of the digital revolution, but I don’t think modern changes are making it unnecessary. While digital media has many benefits, I don’t think it can compare to holding a book, magazine, or newspaper in your hand. Changing each type of media only to digital can make the process of consuming media a very impersonal and monotonous experience. The whole point of journalism is to get people interested and engaged in what you have to say, but I’m afraid that a full shift to online journalism will become like social media, where people are browsing. content without even appreciating what they are. reading.
Since I started writing for The Miami Hurricane almost four years ago, I’ve made sure to keep at least one hard copy of every issue I’ve been to. There is so much work and time to print that I think it’s important to recognize people’s efforts.
Sadly, while print media continue to be seen as less vital in everyday life, people’s work is often looked down upon and devalued. This reduction in the written press also negatively affects small newspapers. According to Nieman Lab, due to the corporate-level decision about Kroger stores removing free publications – such as The Independent in Cincinnati or The Flyer in Memphis – are struggling, and those who depend on the news are frustrated. There is a delicate balance in adjusting businesses to current trends in order to move forward in the world, but I think a world without tangible newspapers, magazines, and books will not only be boring but also one-dimensional.
Nicole Macias is a senior specializing in English.
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