Newspaper Isn’t as Prevalent Since Social Media


Lila Lopez, Reporter

“Ghost of Kyiv’ killed in fighting, has shot down 40 Russian jets”, A headline that over 1.6 million people viewed on Twitter and believed without a doubt, as funny as it sounds. The printed newspaper used to be very engraved in the average American’s morning routine. Back when gas was 86 cents a gallon.  A poll from the Pew research center shows that readers of newspapers have dropped in numbers. One poll states numbers have dropped from 48 million readers in 2011 to 24 million in 22. It dropped by 20 million in only 10 years, and this is because people would rather gather their “news” from blunt social media posts rather than reliable sources. It would be one thing if people took the time to research thoroughly into what they just viewed, but they don’t. We have become so used to scrolling repeatedly, for hours. Our attention spans have lowered because all we do is long for the next like or race to be the one to predict the next viral video. This is not a good cycle to be stuck in not only for consumers of this “media” but it also doesn’t favor actual readers of the newspaper or the owners of these newspapers. It doesn’t favor any political party, It doesn’t help democracy.

Firstly, the consumers of this fake news within social media won’t be able to form a well-thought-out opinion, they won’t be able to discuss facts with others if the “news” they are consuming does not display facts. Therefore, it will be hard to contribute to important contributions to the community such as voting. Secondly, this won’t favor newspaper owners either. Nearly 2,200 American local print newspapers closed from 2005-2021. It’s crazy to think that writers, who are well educated, who gather facts from reliable sources, and who sum it up have to now compete with a blue-lit screen, distracting people, and feeding off their vulnerability. It is so heartbreaking to hear the stories of those who created these papers, and released issues for years, decades even. All for their work to end abruptly and for fake news to outweigh them. America has chosen tweets from 2010 rather than newspapers that have been around since and were founded in 1851. The owners of these newspapers, and the writers who work for them have not only lost their jobs but also their dignity. They are doubting themselves. Lastly, for the readers of these newspapers, fake news doesn’t favor them either, because even though they are reading facts, when they go to speak about them, they might encounter someone who only consumes fake news and misinformation could be spread.

In conclusion, democracy is only reachable through reliable sources, such as newspapers, and the intellectuals that develop them. Democracy is built upon people who can speak facts, and develop well-thought-out opinions with those facts. These are necessary things especially within America and have to do with our rights such as voting. Not only for the presidential election but the midterms as well. Local news is just as important and can’t be heard if it’s covered up by fake news from social media (if we don’t recognize it). How will that happen if the majority of people would rather get their news from a one-minute Tik Tok video than buy a newspaper for a dollar? If we want true democracy, we have to work for it, we have to read, we have to research, and we have to talk to people about what we learned. Although it has become scarier, especially with the easy escape of social media, it is achievable. You live with people, you live near people, and you walk the earth with people. Spread the news, be informed, don’t fear what you don’t know, and don’t plug your ears from what you don’t want to hear.