The death of the written press – LE CAROLINIEN


Krysten Heberly
Opinion editor

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From a young age, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Maybe it was because I’ve always talked way too much, or maybe it was the appeal of a lonely life and rampant alcoholism. Either way, I chose a life of writing, for better or for worse. It was a statement that was once greeted with enthusiasm. He is now greeted with worried looks and a phrase repeated over and over again: “The print media is dying.”

The death of the written press is not news to me. As a proud millennial, I have watched books become Kindle and newspapers less and less of a household staple when we swapped our papers for laptops. We are a culture obsessed with technology and innovation, and it makes sense that our digest of daily news adheres to this philosophy as well.

Our whole world has become faster. Fast food is around every corner, fast cars plow the shiny asphalt, and dial-up has (thankfully) become a thing of the distant past. We’re more connected than ever, but it seems like the most confusing thing to grasp. With so many products on the market and so much information floating around, making smart financial and emotional investments has become more complicated than ever.

This fast-paced world led to fast news. The weekly and fortnightly newspapers at one point could cover all the news that one could digest. Now, with our constant connectivity to each other and to the world at large, a weekly publication often struggles to meet the demand for immediate information. While this can alert readers to issues as soon as they arise, it can also make it more difficult to disseminate factual and quality information.

This rapid distribution of the media can facilitate confusion and misinterpretation of the facts. Fake news was published before the Internet, and most journalists will be found guilty at some point in their careers. However, it has now become easier than ever to circulate false, biased and unsubstantiated information. This is due to the high demand for information and immediate coverage, which leads many journalists to use wrong sources or to publish things that may be uncertain.

The death of the print media affects more than the fast media and the Fake News Awards. It affects printing presses that have remained in families for generations. It can also destroy small local newspapers that may not have a lot of followers online. This can make it more difficult for small communities to obtain reliable local information. It can also destroy thousands of jobs that will be difficult to replace.

There is also the problem that news that is only found online can prevent those with lower incomes from receiving news in the same way as someone who can afford a laptop and a New Yorker subscription. can do it. Most local newspapers and magazines are free or can be purchased for under $ 5. If they become obsolete, those who cannot afford the technology will either not be aware of it or will rely on word of mouth from others.

It is likely that the print media will eventually disappear and that this article will exist only in the confines of tablets and Kindle. Still, there is something about slower news that I think is appealing. It maintains jobs for the hardworking people, it provides more focused information, and it helps disseminate information more economically, not just for those who have the funds to buy a laptop.

Fast news can be handy, but it’s not always best for readers. The slow, cultured nature of slower news and printed words may seem archaic, but it is generally more precise and well documented. We had slow food movements and slow living movements. Maybe now is the time for a slow information flow. Be part of the counterculture and buy a newspaper today.

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