Wikipedia and eBooks

Some of the most influential examples of media convergence include Wikipedia and eBooks.

The convergence of old media texts to new media (eBooks), some may suggest, has made old media texts obsolete. For example, all of the essential readings for our modules are available as ebooks, we can go the entire semester without cracking a real-life book if we so desire.

Sites like Wikipedia have almost made encyclopedias obsolete. Granted, Wikipedia is not as reliable as a encyclopedia, but Wikipedia offers a wider expanse of information. This information also goes up faster than any hard cover encyclopedia could muster. If a video becomes viral over night, and the Youtuber in the video gains recognition a Wikipedia page dedicated to them could be up the next day.

With the availability of these resources on the internet, I wonder if the role of hard copy books will change or even diminish completely to the point that no one uses them at all. This interesting article in The New York Times, however, has an optimistic outlook for the future of print and it’s role in our society in the new digital age.



1 Comment

  1. I found the article you posted to be comforting, since I myself like to read and while I enjoy reading books on my Kindle at times, I also like to have to actual book in hand, and enjoy browsing around in bookstores. I think it depends on the person; some people don’t like reading off a screen, and others like it because they can have all the books they want to read on one device, which is especially great when traveling. However, it appears that the generations keep getting more and more lazy, and enjoy reading less and less. There will most likely come a time, probably not far in the future, where paper books diminish altogether.


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