Digital journalism reaches younger ages

Even infants use digital devices such as iPads. Photo by gretchichi via Creative Commons.

By Katelyn Philipp

Preschoolers have iPods and Elementary school-aged kids now carry cell phones.

But what about babies?

A YouTube video posted earlier this month shows a baby interacting with a magazine as if it were an iPad.  She presses and swipes along the pages of magazines, looking confused when nothing happens.

The video, “A Magazine is an iPad that Does Not Work”, was uploaded on Oct. 6 and has nearly 3 million views.

A recent Mashable article, “The State of Media: Content at a Crossroads”, described the video as a sign print is dying.

 Each tap might as well be a knife in traditional media’s heart. This child is a part of the generation that will someday rule the world. Physical magazines and newspapers will seem like sad, silly things to her.

Interacting on digital devices at such a young age, the 1-year-old will grow up in a digital age much different than children only five years older.  Kids like her will likely grow up preferring digital publications to print.  With this preference and fast-paced technological innovations, what does the future hold for newspapers and magazines?

It’s hard to imagine anything more advanced than current iPads and smart phones.  What more could people ask for? People are looking ahead though and gathering to discuss the future of journalism.  One such gathering is Mashable’s yearly Media Summit.  The 2011 event is next Monday Oct. 31.  The daylong conference is a chance for people to hear from young innovators involved in advancing journalism.

The Mashable Media Summit 2011 will spotlight how technology is reinventing journalism, advancing the relationship between news organizations and their communities, reinvigorating advertising and creating new business models.

How do you think newspapers and magazines will be offered in the future? Will print eventually die? Will something overtake e-publications some day?


5 responses to “Digital journalism reaches younger ages

  1. Emily - Drake University

    I believe that print will last a while longer, especially when it comes to magazines. As for that little girl’s generation, I don’t know anymore. I guess I hadn’t considered the world in which they are growing up, assuming all things are touch screen and interactive and digital. I suppose print may eventually die, but I’m too attached to admit it.

    • I agree. I’m really attached to print and can’t imagine a day when it doesn’t exist. I just found it really interesting how different the little girl’s childhood will be compared to ours.

  2. That story is a sad reality. Although I don’t see the need to combine young children and technology, it still happens today. Twenty years ago the same question was asked of cell phones and audio tapes. Change is constant and we have to learn to adapt for the better.

  3. I just feel like kids nowadays are so privileged. Their generation would probably be very different than ours for sure. I have a friend who told me that when her brother was just three years old, he already had his own computer. And when he turned 12, he got a Mac laptop. It just feels like everything is moving so fast with the constant technological advancement. No doubt that we have to adapt to the change but also, I do think that print will survive. Personally, I still prefer to read a real magazine in hand rather than swiping through an iPad or something.

  4. If there’s one thing we’ve learned through history, it’s that progress is completely inevitable. We could sit here and say there’s nothing more high-tech than an iPad, but then we’d have to recall that Thomas Watson, the chairman of IBM, once declared, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” (

    It will be interesting to see where things are when this 1-year-old turns 20! I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

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