Although more and more people read news on the Internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news for most people. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is certainly true that the internet has reached into every facet of human lives and reading habits are no exception, with the majority of modern-day people opting for digital news. Many traditionalists believe that despite the upsurge in the popularity of the online medium, newspapers will continue to remain a vital source of news in the future. I vehemently disaccord with this notion and will explicate my stance in forthcoming paragraphs with credible examples.
To commence with, there is an irrefutable number of arguments in favour of my stance. Firstly, and the most conspicuous one is the convenience of reading. To elucidate this, the internet offers flexibility to access any news, of past or present events, at the click of a button. Unlike newspapers, digital news is always accessible on your smartphones, tabs, or computers. Another pivotal aspect is that online newspapers can be accessed for free or at a minimal cost, whereas physical copy is costlier than digital version owing to the publication cost. To instantiate, the monthly subscription of most newspapers is more than Rs 200, which makes them at least 80-90% costlier than e-newspapers.
Another paramount ground of my belief is that digitized news is up-to-date when compared to its physical version. In other words, unlike traditional newspaper which gets updated once a day, online platform information gets updated almost every hour. An apt illustration of this would be how masses keep themselves updated about minuscule details of any live event related to sports or entertainment via digital news. Last but not least, people are increasingly becoming conscious of the impact of printing on the environment. In contrast, digitized copies do not need any paper or ink and hence are more eco-friendly.
To recapitulate, I stand in firm agreement that traditional newspapers will continue to decline in importance, and the masses will gradually switch to the digital version.
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