Today, we live in a world of smartphone, iPad or tablet and laptop. And all these high tech devices are changing the way we work, play . . . and do business.
They are changing our lifestyle.
Thanks to these devices, people now have a choice. They have access to almost all kinds of information - not only locally but worldwide . . . all at their fingertips.
In the last decade or so, we have seen an exponential growth of online activities.
Like they say, if you stayed rooted to the ground, you'll be left behind.
And it has turned out to be true and profound for many newspapers around the world .
Recently in February this year, New York Times announced that it's seeking bidders to buy Boston Globe which it owns because it's losing money. This is another sad tale of a newspaper feeling the heat from the onslaught of the Internet.
You would not have thought that in an information age, the most badly hit victims would be purveyors of information . . . the newspapers. But, yes, it is.
To quote a Newsweek report about three years ago . . .
"Newspapers are getting wiped out in part because they didn’t realize they were in the information business — they thought their business was about putting ink onto paper and then physically distributing those stacks of paper with fleets of trucks and delivery people."Ironically, newspapers have always thought that they are in the business of selling news printed on sheets of paper.
The rise of the Web has shattered that kind of myth and delusion.
So who needs the newspaper?
With your laptop, iPad or smartphone you can enjoy news and information online from any newspaper in the world. Or skip a newspaper website and go to some other site that carries more entertaining news with no hindrance of censorship or pretentious reporting.
Face it. Readers don't want to pay for yesterday's news on wrapping paper. More and more are migrating to the Internet to get their news. -- Markk
"Watching newspapers go out of business because of the Internet is like watching dairies going out of business because customers started wanting their milk in paper cartons instead of glass bottles."
-- Daniel Lyons, technology editor of NEWSWEEK.