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  1. Tracie May 21, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

    I’m glad that all this stuff will be going online. I watch most of the TV shows that I like online anyway. We are a media generation so I don’t see any problem with it.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t have televisions within the next 10-20 years. We probably won’t need them.

  2. Mark May 22, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of losing all print media because I love reading the paper and I enjoy reading a good book as well. Though I fear the same thing here. My local newspaper has already gone to online-only, except on weekends and I hate it. I miss reading things in the paper and scanning random stories that I simply won’t ever find in the online version. I won’t miss TV if it goes, but I already dislike the decline of the printed word.

  3. Brittany May 26, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    Tracie,

    I don’t know about the televisions. Try getting Dear Old Dad to give up his 60-inch LCD during football season…yeah. That’s not going to be easy. I think TV will stay a while.

    As far as news online goes, though, I agree with you. It seems people just aren’t interested in reading the paper like they used to. We’re either too busy now to go and pick on up, we can’t afford to get it delivered every day or every Sunday, or we’d just prefer to switch on our computers and get the news in a few clicks. The answer is somewhere in there, but no matter how you look at it or what the reasons are behind this new move, you can’t deny the press is dying. I just wonder how long it will be until it’s officially buried.

  4. Brittany May 26, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

    Mark,

    I agree with you, especially about books. I don’t care what the latest electronic contraption is that’s designed to replicate the function of a good old hardback book, it’s just not the same. It’s the freedom of picking it up, bringing it everywhere, turning the pages when I want to, not having to rely on battery power if I want to finish my story…it’s everything. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I like my printed material and I will miss it when it’s gone. Hopefully that won’t be in my lifetime, but it’s not looking good so far.

YouTube expanding, print and press shrinking?

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It was already raking in millions of unique visitors each month, even being known for its vast collection of much funny, yet fuzzy, video content. Now it’s getting even bigger. YouTube has not only begun to expand its library of full-length movies and TV shows, but it’s freshening up its advertising and adding several new content partners, Fox News reported.

The new longer videos are available at http://www.youtube.com/shows. Just look for the new tab “Shows” on the YouTube Home page.

Of course, this move was designed to generate more profits. What moves today aren’t made for money anymore? Not to mention many other sites have already made much of this same content available in full format. Hulu.com and SideReel.com are but two examples of hundreds out there.

Most of the free content will be older programs and movies like “Beverly Hillbillies” and “Cliffhanger.” Still, free is free, and if it’s free, it’s for me…right?

According to Fox News, revenue generated from ads will be shared with YouTube’s at least dozen content providers.

And let’s not forget who owns YouTube…none other than the online mega magnate Google. So Google teamed up with YouTube. That makes a powerful combination, two of the biggest names on the Internet. Knowing this, it may be surprising to discover that Google has owned YouTube since 2006, with the famous online video spot yet to make any headway as a major marketing vehicle since Google bought it out for $1.76 billion, as Google reports show.

Either way, the new YouTube will likely only continue to press onward toward a more online media-centered world. With TV and movies available online for free, a provision that’s growing exponentially by day, my biggest concern is what appears to be inevitable: the complete deterioration of print media. It’s already taking place with newspapers and magazines. Thousands of people have been laid off to cut costs with the soaring rise in electronic media outlets.

Is this jump toward what only seems to be a Jetson’s fantastic, futuristic way of life (anything and everything available at the touch of a button or hologram screen) really for the better? What are we losing in the process?

Movies and television online today…what’s online tomorrow?

Brittany @ May 21, 2009

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