Print is Eter­nal

ArabAd - - CONTENTS - BY RANA BOU SAADA

It wouldn’t be ex­ag­ger­at­ing to say that if print were re­ally dead, I would be in mourn­ing.

As some­one whose friends call “the old school girl”, I con­sider that mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers and books have their own spe­cial ap­peal.

Not to sound too bi­ased, I have to ad­mit that read­ing ar­ti­cles on dig­i­tal plat­forms has its perks... You can read the in­tro­duc­tion, hastily scroll down to the con­clu­sion and praise your­self for fin­ish­ing a 5-minute read in five sec­onds. You can also close the tab, half­way through a long bor­ing ar­ti­cle, and go back to your mindblowing tasks, e.g. watch­ing kit­tens’ videos on You Tube. Last but not least, you can share the in­valu­able knowl­edge you’ve gained with the world, by flood­ing your Face­book friends’ time­lines with the ar­ti­cles you [didn’t] read.

Amidst all these ben­e­fits, you might be won­der­ing what good print me­dia can be for. Al­low me here to get a lit­tle nos­tal­gic and share some of per­sonal mem­o­ries with print me­dia.

When I was a kid, my mother used to pile up the mag­a­zines she bought and con­serve them for times of need. Get­ting bored, sick or pun­ished was the per­fect oc­ca­sion to go through my mom’s trea­sures and pick up one of my nerdy de­lights. When I pub­lished my first ar­ti­cle a cou­ple of years ago, my par­ents cut it, put the piece of paper in their wal­lets and showed it to ev­ery­one they talked to.

I un­der­stand that the in­dus­try does not care about my mem­o­ries and I know that news me­dia web­sites have some ad­van­tages, apart from the ones I talked about. Most peo­ple have in­deed be­come too busy to go through the daily news­pa­per. I would be ig­no­rant to deny the im­por­tance dig­i­tal news me­dia have gained to­day. Nonethe­less, I think (and hope) that Print will never die… Print, for me, is eter­nal.

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