The Preference of Printed or Sceen Media

23 Feb

Alphabetic text is continually competing with visual and aural media. I feel that users or readers can be attracted to both forms.  Personally, I am more attracted to media when there are images, design, and an overall visual appeal to what I am about to read; however, alphabetic text is still popular in some aspects. Printed books are very important in literature studies, and famous novels or literary masterpieces have always been printed, and I feel that if all books are going digital and can only be read online or with the kindle, nook, or iPad I think I would have trouble reading a lot of these novels.

This leads to the proposition of alphabetic text on the screen verse the alphabetic text on the printed page. They are not the same form of media. Yes, they have some similarities among the content and layout; however, there are many different attributes for both. Some text can be on the screen and on a printed page. Personally, there are some forms of media that I do not prefer to read on the computer. When I have to read articles that are very wordy or that I need to take notes on, I prefer to print it out and be able to mark up the pages. However, if I go online to read an article on a website or look at a PowerPoint I don’t necessarily need to print it out. These two forms of media tend to be visual appealing and have limited word quantities. On the screen and on the printed page makes me think of books. This includes electronic books and the printed version of the book. One main difference in these is the cost factor since electronic books seem to be cheaper. However, like Bolter states in his article reading off of a computer is not comfortable long term or comfortable while laying down. I agree with that statement. However, I would not mind reading off a kindle or a nook that have a similar design to printed books, and are made for comfort, long term reading.

Culture and new generations have a huge role in the changes that are taking place with the forms of media we use on a daily basis. Many students today choose digital textbooks or literature books for their classes or active readers are investing in products like the kindle or the nook for books are the touch of a button and cheaper ways to collect their media. Users are turning to the web as the main way to collect information. So why wouldn’t younger generations turn to digital text to read from their textbooks or to read their bedtime story? The younger generations that are growing up with these changes see them as the norm. Technology is always changing and our culture is accepting of these changes.

It is like Dennis Baron’s criteria for accepting new technology. The steps are affordability, useful, and trustworthy. Certainly kindles, nooks, and iPads have their rang of prices; however, there are some that are very affordable. The idea of usefulness is easy to address because it makes media obtainable at the click of a button, it’s easy to travel with, and it is useful when trying to complete a task of reading. The idea of trustworthiness is debatable depending on the person you talk to. But with the culture changes occurring and many people loving the latest forms of technology, people will trust the devices they use to read digital texts.

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