Week 3

Everybody knew that the introduction of online resources and ebooks would decrease sales and subscription numbers of hard copy printings such as newspapers, magazines and books. We, the consumer have adapted to the change and are now used to receiving free news and resources. Focusing on newspapers, I personally think that the consumer has the right to know what is going on around the world without any cost put upon them just like the times when people heard the news through the town crier. However thiking through a business perspective, it means large newspaper companies have lost profit by a large margin since the internet and portable devices. I still don’t understand though, the plan to introduce paywalls in online newspaper websites (Carr reading) meaning the consumers need to pay a certain fee to read the news online like we do offline in obtaining the hard copy. This is only applied to the companies Rupert Murdoch runs, but if it succeeds, it is likely that many other newspaper companies will follow the step. This just shows me that people are now only seeing publishing as something to make money out of, rather than informing the public of the news that they need to know. The editor of Guardian heavily criticised this saying ‘If you erect a universal pay wall around your content then it follows you are turning away from a world of openly shared content’. I certainly agree with this as Murdoch is trying to fulfil his wealth by going away from the modern trend. Of course there will be people who pay to access these contents, but it just comes to me that the newspaper industry will ‘sleepwalk into oblivion’ (Rusbridger)

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Week 2

Ereaders have become a sensation in recent times, through tools such as iPad and the Kindle. Now people are starting to take this one tool instead of many papers that make their bags heavy. I am one of these people, taking around my iPad everywhere using it as a book, notepad and gaming station. For myself, the emergence of the iPad was lifesaving, as I did not enjoy taking around 20 lecture notes to university everyday. With the iPad next to me, it is light, portable, and my notes are easily foundable through the search tool. The rise of these ereaders have certainly changed the lifestyle of some people. However, through my own research I have found out that still most people like to have the hard copy with them, to scribble notes by hand-writing and not by typing. This was very interesting, as the people still preferred the old way of publishing. This finding lead me to a conclusion that creation of new technology still has not much of an impact on the publishing sector, as people stll crave for the humanly touch that they are used to having.

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