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Compare Contrast essay on the articles “TV’s threats get bigger on the web” and “Online media is replacing newspapers and TV. Is that a bad thing?”

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The articles “TV’s threats get bigger on the web” and “Online media is replacing newspapers and TV. Is that a bad thing?” are two short articles that are based on media and how it will and can change. These two articles can have both similarities and differences. First of all the two articles were written at different time periods. Secondly the two articles both talk about the media and lastly the two both gives opinions on what might happen to us and our usage of the media in the future.

Firstly, the article “TV’s threats get bigger on the Web” and “Online media is replacing newspapers and TV. Is that a bad thing?” are written at different time periods. The article TV’s threats get bigger on the Web was written on the year 1998, where technology and media wasn’t actually the biggest influence. So most of what was wrote in that article was what happened in the past and their inferences of what might happen in the future. Sentences such as “With the debut of CBS.com, the network became the last of the Big Three television broad- casters to commit itself both commer- cially and journalistically to the World Wide Web. ABC and NBC had both been there for months, while cable news giant CNN was online before most people ever even heard the phrase “Web browser.” (pg.97) Shows evidence that the article was written back in the days because words such as “world wide web” and “web browser” is not used anymore.

Secondly, the two articles focuses on the media and how it influences the society. Although they both talk about the media the two articles have different focuses on the media that they are talking about. The first article talks about how the increasing of people using the Internet has influenced the media to cope with going from offline to an online source. So it talks about things such as newspapers going online and how it can affect them. Whereas the second article talks about on if the online media is giving a positive or negative influence. So it gives examples of how much people actually use the Internet to get information and how it affects the people’s daily lives.

Lastly, the two articles give opinions on what the internet can do to us and what might happen to the media in the future. In the first article it says “Feaver concedes that there are new opportunities for newspapers with video and audio, just as there are enhanced textual capabilities for broad- casters.” This shows inferences of what can happen in the future to the news papers which shows how the internet can change the newspapers which went from offline to online. Whereas in the second article it says “”No. This is still all new to us, and we’re in a manic phase right now,” says Tippett. “We’re in the ‘I want it all, I want it now’ phase. But eventually we’ll come out of it. It’ll settle down.” It says that soon we will settle down away from the internet and be back to the old self.

In conclusion, the two articles “TV’s threats get bigger on the web” and “Online media is replacing newspapers and TV. Is that a bad thing?” both talks about media. The differences and similarities can be caused because one article is older than the other which leads both articles to have the same topic but have different focuses on the topic.

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