Print is Eternal
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.