No one needs to hear or read about the Internet changing our world.
Those who are constantly connected online are so impressed with the marvel of instant information sharing we forget something as we ramble on.
We forget there are many who don’t have the same kind of access to the Internet.
Smartphones and tablets will continue to surge in popularity until every person on earth has at least one. But that hasn’t happened yet.
People will continue to read books, magazines and newspapers in their physical forms as long as possible. The Internet experience is enthralling, but it takes away the physical experience of the smell of an old book or the feel of turning the page of a newspaper.
The sensation and history attached to the printed form cannot be duplicated by new technology. If physical print was to ever become extinct, it should be mourned forever. Writing was monumental in our growth as a species and it continues to serve important purposes in our societies.
Journalism serves many of those purposes. The press spreads information within communities.
Mostly importantly, the media should serve as a watchdog. Not creating or sensationalizing controversy, but constantly seeking the truth.
This vital responsibility will continue to need reliable outlets and journalists as the market gets even more saturated online. There are families in Moose Jaw that have subscribed to the Times-Herald for decades. There are probably people in the community who have been reading the paper for longer.
This paper has a history the current editorial staff is proud to be a part of it. We are grateful to have the opportunity to transition this paper into a digital age. But we respect — and agree about —the importance of the print product. We are excited about hearing your feedback on the redesign of mjtimes.sk.ca.
Reporters get excited about most feedback. It means you’re reading. Reporters spend their days talking to strangers. They enjoy learning and sharing information.
That was part of the motivation for the Moose Jaw Ask Me Anything (#MJAMA) on Twitter on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30. p.m. So far, five reporters have taken over the @mjtimesherald Twitter account and answered users’ questions. Reporter Lyndsay McCready is up next week.
We can be reached without using the Internet, too. We have phone numbers attached to our stories. You can even send us letters.
Much of what the editorial staff is doing is about accessibility.
This community is important to us, regardless of how you’re reading the Times-Herald.
All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.