There’s no question that the world of communications and media has been through many astounding changes over the last two and a half decades or so. These changes were all stimulated by the advent of the personal computer, which started showing up in offices in the 1980s, and then went through a period of extensive refinements that made these computers smaller, faster and much easier to use. Today, typewriters are pretty much a relic of the past, as most people compose all their writing and communication on a tablet, laptop or Smartphone computer. All of these changes have been a kind of revolution, and they have changed the way people communicate and take in the news.
Changes in News Media
Today it’s possible to receive news from across the globe, with instant updates. All of this has made the old newsprint newspapers seem like a thing of the past, but the interesting thing is they are still a presence in our culture. By the same token, other types of communication, like local media outlets, would seem to be something that is fading into the past. The truth, though, is that now local media is stronger than ever, as people realize the importance of the news about what’s going on in their neighborhood areas.
The truth is that, even though we’re spoiled with constant updates about news from all over the world, people still want to know the news from their local area most of all, as that is what really resonates in their lives. Knowing all the news in the political and cultural realm from all across the world is certainly interesting, but many of the events we hear about don’t impact us directly. These are also events that for the most part we have little control over. That’s why local news matters. People in the San Fernando Valley will want to know news about San Fernando Valley Schools, because the events in their local schools will greatly affect their family.
So, the more things change, even in the news media and the computer world, the more they most definitely stay the same. And in many ways, that’s a good thing.