Upon being asked to read Steen Steenson’s first post: ‘ The revolution that never happened‘  (2010) it seems to still be a surprise to some that online hasn’t changed journalism completely by now. Many thought that the Internet would revolutionize journalism overnight and no one would look back at print but  as Steenson said:

‘These technological inventions did change the world dramatically, but not in such a quick and radical fashion the fortune-tellers seemed to believe. People tended to use these technologies quite differently than how many of the revolutionists predicted.’

Nowadays there are so many different forms of technology or advancements in general that new discoveries can  improve a certain aspect of life but it is rare to see it change everything straight away. The Internet is no different – it changed the way we do things this is in no doubt but it can not – will not – revolutionize everything straight away. It is now 2012 and the Internet is still in the process of transforming our lifestyle with new features being added in the world of online everyday. All of these are signs of being  evolutionary but it just isn’t at the pace many guessed it to be. To say the Internet failed to completely revolutionize journalism is difficult to claim because it is always in the process of  developing and improving.

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Take television: who would have thought in the 1950s and 1960s that radio would still be a powerful technological platform several decades later?

This quote also puts another important point into perspective: just because a more advance form of technology (the Internet) is available does not mean everyone will leave the old form (print). With millions of people in the world it is normal to see several opinions – there are many that do not like change just as there are those who prefer the older ways and have grown attached to or formed a habit to. It does not matter if Internet (or TV) is technically better then Print (or radio) because it comes down to personal preference and what that individual is use to, for example some people (not always from the older generation) cannot stare at a computer screen for too long –  print needs to exist as an alternative. If print were to disappear as quickly are theorists predicted it would there would be a lot of annoyed readers (not including old-generation journalists) that would be against being forced to accept change because their favorite newspaper was moved online only.


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