I think print is almost out the door, most newspapers have converted to online, and magazines, even though I love to get subscriptions in the mail-will only be available online eventually. The article What’s Really Wrong with Newspapers discusses how the public is distracted by celebrity gossip and gets its “news” from blogs, television and talk radio. I am one of the guilty ones. I’m not sure what the fascination is with celebrity gossip, but I like to get my dose of it, daily. Maybe it’s the fact that celebrities seem inhuman-like nothing goes wrong in their world-and then when something does, it makes they seem not so invincible. I go to gossipy celeb sites such as Life & Style, In Touch, Star and US Weekly. I also like to pursue celeb, food, travel, dining and shopping blogs. This article also explains that newspapers are being consolidated into large, publicly held companies, where the BIG Execs can keep on raking in their bonuses. This is true for local newspapers that are owned by Hearst Corporation.
The article No More Free Content explains that because of the loss of classified advertising revenue, today’s newspapers are smaller, both the number and size of pages. This is so true. I feel like I can rifle through a copy of Vogue in no time because the 300+ pages are mostly filled with advertisements and little substance. For other magazines nowadays they seem as thin as a ruler!
Newspaper economics: online and offline explains that higher income households report even larger numbers, making online news readers a potentially attractive audience for advertisers. This could potentially be because those with higher incomes are logging more hours at work because these are the executives of companies and they have less time to sit down and read, so they just scroll through online news, blogs, etc, throughout the day. Yet, I think this is true for students too because many of our days are spend logged onto a computer.
Yet the Wall Street Journal is turning to new technologies such as the Apple iPad — but is taking a distinctly old-school approach to the new device, saying it’s planning to change $17.99 a month for the newspaper on the iPad as written by Mathew Ingram in What Does the Future Hold for Newspapers? I definitely wouldn’t pay for news, because I think that there is so much competition to get news to readers, that readers could easily find free outlets for news. Could this be a conspiracy to keep us dumb, as is written in What’s Really Wrong with Newspapers?