A sudden thought during my lunch time, when we are comparing about high tech gadgets in the present and past, and not sure of what the future will bring in.. I am too unaware of where “We will be in the future”
Eventually this thought lead me to a sequence of thoughts, which i want to share with you all.
I too aware that “The internet is the present and the future and the paper is the past.” Talk about closed minded.
Although finding the right balance is not going to be easy. The problem isnt that newspapers(Past) are dying, its that newspapers have a cost structure that prevent them from fluidly adjusting to the marketplace. They cant price based on demand or on the value of what they print and deliver. Unlike the digital world,because of legacy agreements, they have to fight for every change in their work environment which puts them at a huge disadvantage.I know, and I believe all of us who have fully integrated all the digital media options available to us into our lives also know, what we like to watch, read or listen to on our laptop, desktop, phone, TV, PDA and radio.
I dont want to read more than 2 pages on an internet site. Given the choice of reading a 3 page article from a PC or from paper. Give me paper every time. Which is why I continue to subscribe to and purchase paper based products.Although one might say that usage of papers might lead to environmental distruction. For them plz note i am not talking here about Environmental awareness. Its about present, past and future.
I too agree everyone is in digital mode for more than 10 hours in a normal workday and its too even worse for me that there are times under which i have been sitting infront of my laptop 18 – 20 hours. Well that my work life and i love to do it. Eventually everyone has to be in any form of digital mode ie PDA’s to check their mail. This again contradicts are we still dependent on technical gadgets????
Then I go through the non essential things that I want to stay informed about or that I might find interesting. For me, this is where newspapers and maagzines come in. I can grab a bite to eat or can take a walk and read about things that are interesting to me. Its a break from a digital screen, and for anyone who spends their day working around digital screens knows what I mean. You need a break, but are still in work mode. Hehehe.. LOL!!! If Im watching TV, i dont want to have to know what Im looking for, I want to channel surf. Im not going to go on a website to find video to entertain myself., thats far too much work and its not enough of a pay off. If I need to get out of the house, go out with my wife, family, or friends, then Im going to a game,movie, park to disengage as much as I can. I do my best to try to find the best balance of all the above.
As long as i argue it will still be undone. let i make a quick comparsion
Past: During our early times ,when your life is all about you. You are responsible to yourself. Each step is a sort of learning curve. Most of our times has been wasted in trying to make friends and finding girlfriends. But some point when we think of about our life. Where we want to be Next. So its the phase when we seek of some digital media’s. At this stage money worths more than time as we need to get Highend PDA’s and a personal laptop or desktop for our self learning.
Present:Once you are settled in a Job, which you love it to the most. After which we decide “What’s our goal & Ambition”, “Where i want to go today?“, What i want to accomplish and finally serious to achieve that ambition., but at that point in time, we recognize that we have to use our time and resources to reach those goals. So how digital media comes to play here.
Future: We may predict a future. But as in the world is growing at a rate of 125% in terms of technology. No one can predict what a future can bring in.. Might be Surprises!!!