I was on my way to school, happily listening to the morning news on the radio one day. And then, I got to know about Steve Job’s death. My heart sank. I quickly went to double check the news on Twitter, and it was indeed true as tweets from credible sources like BBC, Time Magazine and Straits Times start flooding my twitter homepage. 😦
Oh well. (awkward silence)
But ANYWAY, today’s post has got nothing to do with him. It just suddenly hit me that we are not as reliant on the newspapers for current affairs and news as before.
The evolutionary of Mass Media reminds me of take-out food. We can have the food and eat it wherever we want to. Mass media is no longer restricted to just television and print publication, it is getting more readily available on gadgets like the Iphone and the Ipad.
Reading the news on an Ipad is so much more refined than flipping the newspapers on the train. And why do I say that? Because I’ve newspaper flipped in my face before, by inconsiderate people who can still forcefully read the newspapers on a crowded train.
Aside from news, you can read magazines on the Ipad too! Time, Vanity Fair, Elle, Maxim, Popular Science, GQ, Zinio… You want it, you can have it.
Books are also available in digital format and one gadget that supports that is, the amazing Amazon Kindle. You can download several books and fit into a sleek and thin body. That would really lighten the weight in your bag. 😉 But sadly, e-books are not my cup of tea as I really enjoy flipping through the crisp pages of a magazine and reading a thick book (it makes me feel intelligent). But I guess Iwould not mind getting an Ipad to read the news on the train like a demure lady.
Besides gadgets, social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook provide us great insight on what’s happening around the world. For instance, I gained better understanding of the Japan’s earthquake through my Japanese friend’s facebook updates and the Mexico’s swine flu attack back in 2009 through my Mexican friend’s twitter statuses.
In a local context, we also get our latest scoops and news through our friends’ random ramblings. I remember the time when Singapore’s Orchard road was hit by a flood and everyone was tweeting about it. Sharing of information through social networking sites not only bonds people, but also educates them.
The evolutionary of mass media definitely makes me excited for the future and I wonder what great and new inventions await us!