The past two and a half decades have seen an ongoing revolution in communication and in the way people take in news and entertainment. While in years past most people enjoyed getting their news from newspapers, television, radio and magazines, the whole scene was upended with the advent of personal computers and the Internet. The interesting thing to note is that many things changed very quickly, but at the same time, many avenues of communication resisted change for a very long time.
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
As personal computers became a presence in workspaces, typewriters, those old reliable writing machines, were eventually (and for some people, regretfully) phased out. Many top publication offices, however, were very slow to change and resisted the computer revolution for as long as possible. In the same way, many notable newspapers, like The Washington Post, were notable in their resistance to understanding how necessary it was for a major media company to have a high quality online version of their publication. All of this would seem to be a commentary on the fact that many people simply don’t like things to chance, and so when they do change, resistance can be very high.
The Evolution of News and Information
The whole media scene changed even more, and even more rapidly, when smartphones came on the scene. These devices made it possible to receive and send information instantly, all over the world, which once again made news accessible in a whole new way. Again, though, what we can see even after all these changes is that as some things change, like our increased ability to get news from all over the globe, other things remain the same.
The old saying has always been that “all news is local.” And yes, even with all the revolution we’ve seen in communications, the fact is that local news still resonates the most. People want west la news if they live in west la, and people in northern California want news about what’s going on in their local schools and cities, because that is what will affect them the most.
Will things continue to change at a rapid pace? Yes, but some things will still remain the same, like our need to know what’s going on right where we live.