Alright, so about that picture (above)…
Sitting in my room surrounded by the October issues of all my favorite magazines, Elle, Glamour and Instyle, it hurts my stomach to think that they may not be here ten years from now. You see, I’m a print girl. I love everything about my print magazines. I love their longevity, silky covers, and how the words just roll off the page. From a writer’s perspective, I love being able to hold a copy of DrakeMag and to say “I did this.”
It is these for these very reasons, that I am fearful and in denial of what is to come in the print media industry. The first, (or maybe fifth) stage, is already upon us. I mean we love instant gratification, and I’m including myself in this one. After a writer spends so much time on a story and it finally gets published, it may be “old news.” Twitter, blogging, video uploading, or any online updates in general are stealing print media’s shine–big time. And then there is the phrase that “print is not dead, print is where words go to die.” This can be plainly summarized in the 2009 report on American journalism on The State of the News Media. And just when you think there’s nowhere to go but up, it’s only going to get worse for print journalism I am afraid.
A quote from journalism.org states: “By various measures, the number of people who began to rely on the Web as a regular or even their main news source appeared to jump. For national and international news, according to survey data, the Web surpassed all other media except for television as a destination.”
So is the rumor true, is there really a 10 year lifespan left for my beloved print media? Wait, actually make that nine years. Or, will print media find more and better ways to leech onto their dying audience? Of course those diehard print media fans, (like myself,) will not let magazines and newspapers crash and burn so easily. One thing is for sure, even if print media passes the torch to online media, journalism will live forever–I have no doubt in my mind.