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Newspapers Using New Media

http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/News.asp?id=59134

Businesses that can not adapt or change according to their surronding enviornment never survive. That is what old media is trying to avoid. They are doing this by incorporating the ever so popular new media in what they do. Newspapers have Iphone and blackberry apps due to the fact that they know they are competing with reporters who tweet the next big news story before newpapers have time to print or news shows have time to air.

Incorporating themselves in new media to satisfy the consumers demand is the only thing old media can do to stay alive. The ipod killed Sirius XM radio due to the fact that it as well provided commericial free content but in addition to that the user had selection over which song the would like to play. Of course sirius radio offered talk shows that you can not get on your ipod but, nonetheless the ipod won.

Old media does not want to be victim to convergence like the siruis radio. They want to intergrate and work with this media, but is it inevitable that it might not work like they want it to? That perhaps old media won’t survive?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/study-teens-spending-seven-hours-a-day-in-front-of-tvs-computers/article1637749/

According to the Globe and Mail, a local City of Ottawa newspaper, 10% of teens today spend 7 hours in front of the television or computer daily. “That’s almost a third of the day.” Shocking, is the first word that comes to mind, but then I thought to myself: well I am 19, how many hours do I spend in front of the television or computer. If I include how much time I spend on my laptop due to school or other activities, I am at about 5-7 , sometimes even 8 hours a day. initially, I was shocked at myself but, I rationalized this behaviour with the fact that it is for school.

It begs the question though: Is my “sedentary behaviour”, activities that do not increase energy expenditure higher than resting levels, cause me or others health issues? I don’t have the answer to that. I can’t for sure say that I am not obese though, weighing in at 146 lbs and 6″2.

After the initial health shock, I started to think about my documentary, which can be found on the documentary page of this blog. I began to think about how we went into detail about YouTube wanting to live stream programs. Of course as we learned in the documentary, every person is a different case, it still makes me wonder if YouTube is going to increase this percentage of teens spending 7 or more hours in front of the television or computer. Having live streamed programs so easily available, most can access YouTube from their phone, may entice even more teens to spend time online.

Notice I have been saying “may” due to the fact that when we interviewed some random University of Ottawa students and asked them if they would be on YouTube more if online streaming was available, we found that the results were inclusive. There wasn’t much theme to the answers and many “himmed and ha’d” about it placing conditions on them watching live streaming. Only time will tell and it will be interesting to keep this stat in mind when live streaming does start to take force to see the implications it has on our society.

Remember we are entering into a potential financial crisis all over Canada, where we see the baby boomers retiring and strains on our health care is increasing. Taxes will most likely increase for my generation in order to support the generation of baby boomers which will need health care. How does this relate? Well if more teens are spending more time in front of the television or computer and becoming unhealthy in the process then this will apply more of a strain on the health care system then it can handle. Therefore increased taxes which will result in less spending, which leads to businesses going bankrupt and there you have it folks, an economic collapse!

Could live streaming on YouTube be assisting an economic collapse in Canada? possibly…