In Chapter 4 and 5 of Antonio Lopez’s The Media Ecosystem, the author comments on the relationship that the public has with media. Whether it is print media, social networking, or televisual methods, these platforms are significant in our everyday lives. We rely on televisual sources like news stations to provide us with an update on current events. We also look at it as a source of entertainment, with hit shows giving the public pleasurable twists and turns to keep us on the edge of our seats. Similarly enough, the internet has been able to serve as a multi-dimensional media source. Websites like Yahoo!, CNN.com, and even social networking sites like Twitter have been able to work as valid news sources. The Breaking News Twitter account, for example, has over 6 million followers. It could be argued that people enjoy receiving news on Twitter due to its concise nature. With a 120-word limit, Twitter accounts get right to the nitty gritty, thus eliminating the fluff. People want what the want, and are constantly on-the-go, thus no longer having the time to deal with extraneous and wordy articles. Due to these increasing digital updates, however, there has been less of a need of print media. Many publications like Newsweek are losing money rapidly and, thus, have been forced to cease printing of physical copies. Ask anyone, however, and they will say that nothing compares to the physical copy of a newspaper or magazine. Will this form of media still be around in 10 or 20 years? With the growing number of electronic news sources and entertainment outlets, it is hard to imagine a future where physical copies of anything will be present.
Question: What do you think will happen with print media in the future? Will it actually be ceased completely or just limited?