by Madeline White
Before 1900, news was conveyed in a simple and relatively limited manner. Today, however, there are thousands of different outlets for conveying information and telling stories to people.
Back then, journalism was more of an art form, because people were less desensitized. Attention spans were longer and the written word was examined more carefully. These days, with the advent of the internet, videos, iphones, etc., people expect to receive their information within seconds and often do not have the patience to stop and appreciate a well-written journalism piece.
In the old days, they used journalism to spotlight issues within the government. This was an advantage for society because falsities and wrongdoings could be exposed. These days, there may be more regulatory organizations that prevent the media from telling the truth.
Overall, there are more advantages to today’s way of conveying news than ever before. For one, anyone can be a journalist. There are far more diverse voices in the media today.
Also, today we have dozens of different platforms for one to tell a story on. Besides newspaper, TV, and radio we have Youtube, blogs, Facebook, Podcasts, Twitter, Instagram—just to name a few. All of these are vehicles in which we can easily tell stories within the blink of an eye.
It used to take forever and a day to get your news. This is no longer the case. We now have access to the entirety of the world’s knowledge in the palm of our hand. Phones and computers have completely changed the landscape for how we learn things.