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Newspaper Extinctions

by Melissa Redmond


RIP, Newspapers.

I recently signed on to the Internet and was greeted by a link that said “What Will Be Going Extinct in America in the Coming Years.” My curiosity pushed me to click the link to see exactly what we would be living without. I learned that things like wild salmon and professional typists wouldn’t survive for much longer, but what affected me the most was the prediction of the extinction of newspapers.

Not only newspapers, but magazines too, have been suffering greatly over the past year due to the sweeping pressure to go digital and the perpetual economic crisis that America is currently experiencing. As a Journalism major, this of course is of great concern to me and to many others who will be graduating into an industry that has been completely restructured since we started college. Magazines and newspapers, like Teen Magazine and Rocky Mountain News, which have been mainstays for decades, have closed their doors because they cannot afford to be in print anymore.

We are living in a society that is increasingly becoming more geared towards computers and the World Wide Web. We want instant gratification when we are looking for news and other information. Picking up a newspaper and turning the pages to become well-versed in what’s going on in the nation and world would require too much precious time that we just don’t seem to have these days.
When signing on to most news organizations’ Web sites, there are numerous blogs where information is updated by the minute so readers can receive quick summaries of happenings. Twitter, another sweeping digital communication phenomenon, allows one to follow others’ Twitter pages, including news outlets, to receive updates straight on their cell phones. Twitter summarizes the news for you, so you can go on with your daily routine without any interruptions.

Gone are the days when across America, people would settle down after dinner with their favorite newspaper or magazine and read the contents. Who has time to go through long articles and features anymore? The luxury of having the time to yourself to read the paper or The New Yorker is virtually extinct. Of course, the endless possibilities that the Internet presents to society is invaluable and change is not necessarily always a bad thing. However, we must not sacrifice simplicity for sole efficiency, and lose imagination in the process.

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