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?