What is the future of Newspaper

What is the future of Newspaper

Matt: Taking one step back to the newspapers, my impression was that newspapers got all their money from the advertisements, and that people buying newspapers basically paid for the paper, like the actual printing and maybe the delivery. That the actual cost, that any money they make was through advertisements so I don’t see how that’s any different than if they just had it online where they would get rid of all those costs of delivery and the paper and the printing and then just still have the same advertisement so I don’t understand why they can’t make that transition more smoothly.


Rachel: And actually I heard that they get more money from online advertising than from the print advertising so, yeah, I don’t know really know why it matters come to think of it.


Matt: I’m sure that the newspaper will go the way of the Dodo fairly soon.


Rachel: Yeah, yeah.


Matt: But again, why is it that people will accept that but not books?


Rachel: Cause I think … I can handle a small article, like one page on screen, but I’m not for a long time. I can’t read the same like. And also with news you just want to flick through it. You don’t really … you don’t use it to relax.


Matt: That’s true. That’s true. It’s usually more active.


Rachel: Yeah, whereas with a book you can read in the bath, or you could read it on the bed, or just … it’s a pleasurable sort of thing rather than a “OK, I’ve got to do this to be …”


Matt: Up with current events.


Rachel: Yeah.


Matt: Yeah, actually, and one nice feature about reading news online and that I’ve noticed lately when I went to the, I shouldn’t say names, but the BBC web site and so I was reading an article. Recently in the news, they were talking about Iran and the elections and things like that, and they mentioned a lot of names of different positions in the government, and on the side was all of these links to background information about those people and about those positions and about the government and the structure of the government and it was really fun to be able to go through it and learn quite a bit quite quickly about the government system in Iran and and that kind of thing. That’s much better than a newspaper where you read it and go, “Ooh, where’s my encyclopedia?”

马特:我认为在线阅读有一个优点,这个优点是我最近在浏览新闻时发现的,我其实不应该说出网站的名字,我是在BBC网站上看到的那篇新闻。那篇文章讲的是伊朗选举,文章中提到了许多政府职务名称,旁边有一些链接,点击后可以查看候选人的背景,职位详情,政府相关情况,政府组织结构等等,这样浏览真的很有乐趣 ,而且可以快速了解伊朗政府的体系。这点比报纸好,你在看报纸时可能会想“我的百科全书在哪里?”

Rachel: Yeah. Exactly. Yeah, I did a similar thing with a report about Iran, and then looking at people who are campaigning against the government and I was like, “I don’t know these people. But who are they?” and there was a link and I could find out about more which was cool.


Matt: Yeah, it’s nice. It’s nice. Yeah. So …


Rachel: The death of the newspaper.


Matt: The death of the newspaper. I think it’s inevitable.


Rachel: The book still survives.


Matt: Let’s keep the books. I like that.