Could You Live without Your Newspapers?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Do you miss the newspaper boys on the sidewalks yelling the news ? Back in the time people know that to keep on track with the news they had to read the papers and nothing else. The newspapers were accesible to all given their price and number of outlets.
Certainly nothing has changed on the side of the newspaper industry but the emergence of the Internet has facilitated the accession to the news and made them virtually obsolete in their printed form.
It is not a news that the Internet is softly killing the newspapers but could we live without our local newspapers? A study by the Pew Research Center states that 31% of American cite the newspapers as their main source of national and international news (from 34% in 2007). This reflects both the growth of the Internet and the gradual decline of the newspaper readership. In 2010, more than 100 newspaper companies closed because they were not economically viable.
However, people still think that losing their local newspaper would hurt the civic life in their community and that they would personally miss reading the local newpaper a lot if it were no longer available. So, we could have the dream that the newspapers will stay forever because people care about their local news and they like to sit down and read the newspapers.

Photo credit: The Pew Research Center,


April Sigmund January 26, 2011 at 11:37 AM  

I would also have to say that I am a person who would greatly miss newspapers. To me, sitting down every morning or afternoon and taking the time to read the newspaper is much more satisfying than reading an article online. However, many people have taken a greater liking to the quick and easy internet way of getting their news. Hopefully as you said, newspapers will not be lost in the new era of technology we are in.

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