Not all Information is quality Information

Print Journalism is dying. And like in most cases, the fact that it is dying is not a good thing.

People want the fastest, cheapest, and most entertaining way to get their news. Print Journalism usually does not fall under this category, and therefore more and more people have stopped buying print newspaper and journal subscriptions. Most of the time people can get all the same news for free via on line journalists, blogs, social media, and television anyways, so why should they pay for it?

The problem with this is that the vast majority of the free, short, easy to read or watch news sources people have come accustomed to, are derived from the long print articles no one wants to read or pay for. Since the demographic for print journalism is shrinking, they are losing money and having to downsize and change to meet popular demand in order to stay in business. This in turn is limiting the variety, magnitude, and reliability of what new can be sufficiently covered. Sadly, random blogs and tweets not cited from journals are not always best way to get all of your information.

Some print journal companies have stayed in business while continuing to provide quality news coverage by being bought by mega rich benefactors. Although this can be good for a company and for its readers, it can also lead to biased articles. Most people rich enough to buy a dying newspaper have recourses and an image to protect, which can lead editors to produce papers and journals that are less than honest about certain topics. Some papers like The Washington Post which was bought by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, have been able to avoid this, but others like the Las Vegas Review-Journal which was bought by billionaire casino owner and republican party donor Sheldon Adelson, have become biased on certain topics.

The only way to save print journalism from dying out is for people to, “consume consciously.” This is a phrase Clay A. Johnson uses in his book The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption to describe how people should go about obtaining information. He suggests that instead of reading mass amounts of social media posts and other news tidbits, to read just few quality articles a day instead. This will not only make people consume more reliable news sources but also allow to absorb the information better. He argues less is more. If more people started practicing this method, it would create a more informed general public and save print Journalism.

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