Drivel that is print media

I read the newspapers on the plane yesterday, it was the Sunday New Straits Times. I suddenly realised, that it provided dated news. Dated how?

I had already read about the Malaysian Dreamgirl from various blogs I follow in Google Reader. I had also already read about the Nokia challenge with regards to their N82 and using the GPS and so on. Heck, I had even seen the pictures and more.

Why does anyone bother with the drivel that is printed media? Its all one big propaganda machine for the ruling party of the day (albeit weakened).

Media might still matter in countries where freedom of media expression exists (Australia, the United States, etc.), but in nations where media expression is stifled, and the Internet is uncensored, old media is dead.

Bold statement? I have a feeling I’m somehow right though.

  • If you are a heavy Internet media consumer, it eventually dawns on you that newspapers (even here in the US) are essentially poorly done blogs. Most of their content is composed of items selected from a wire service by an editor who pastes it into his final product. Unfortunately, by the time you see it in that format the item is most often late, out of date, incomplete, not updated, and unlinkable. In other words, of little value.

    This is universally understood. Look at a stock price chart for any newspaper company.


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