While reading Chapter 3 in Shirky, he mentions newspapers and web news. This made me think of the decline of newspapers as time goes on. I remember not too long ago when the internet wasn't so widespread and people had daily subscriptions to local and national newspapers rather than just accessing the internet to find out what is going on in current events. I remember when I was little my Dad reading the newspaper every morning during breakfast, but in the past couple years he hasn't anymore. We now only have a subscription to the Sunday paper, not the daily paper. I mean why would you pay for subscription when you can access it online for free?
However, I do wonder if this is a good or bad thing. It is cheaper to access the news online, it is easier considering you can do this on your phone or in your office. I mean you don't even have to get out of bed and go get the newspaper from the driveway anymore. You can just lay in bed and log online. Another positive mentioned in the chapter is that now anyone can publish news. There is no longer a group of "professionals" who get to decide what is news worthy, now anyone can publish news so there is a wider array of news available depending on what you are interested in.
But I also think of the downside. With there being so much information, there is a potential for information overload. Also, considering there is the availability for just anyone to post online you have to make an effort to make sure what you are reading is factual. With a printed newspaper, at the least you know that it goes through editors and sources are already checked. You know what you are reading is legitimate. Also, if the newspaper business keeps declining a lot of people will lose their jobs, which will add to unemployment and hurt our economy. Peoples jobs are being replaced by technology.
There are pros and cons for both.