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Extinction of Print media?

05 April 2012, 15:45 Manu Too

The print media is virtually in its last breaths. The internet is mainly to blame for this.

Some 5 years ago if you wanted to get news or information, you had to wait until the 7 PM news or the for the local newspapers the following day or even visit the local library. Lately, you can get news almost anywhere if you have an internet connection.

This is not a bad thing. The internet is actually the most convenient place to get information. If for example, there has been an accident, it will be live in the internet with high quality pictures and a complete story even before you can say ''newspaper''.

Freedom of information

It is also quite cheaper to get information from the internet considering you don't even have to get out of bed to know the local headline. With the press of a key or rather lots of keys if you haven't already bookmarked your favorite websites.

Using the internet also saves space considering you don't have to set aside a bookshelf to store all your favorite magazines and newspapers. Though the digital editions of newspapers has picked up, give it some few years and its farewell to the paper newspapers.

Though the internet has its strengths, it does has some weak points. A good example is during the post election violence in Kenya. In as much as every internet blogger or writer reported what actually happened, it was the view of the writer and not necessarily the whole truth.

The story published online may be true but it may at times be hard to verify that what was written actually happened. So some can mislead people. Not leaving behind the need to have an internet connection with a reliable speed to avoid getting yesterday's news today.

The internet is a movement which no one can stop. You just have to go with the times to avoid being left behind.       

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