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Should we have digital media? (or print)

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Started: 10/29/2013 Category: News
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avagirl27

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We should have digital media over print so we don"t have to waste paper, it"s easy to access the web and any informational source, and simpler to use.
ProtusMose

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The first argument presumes that printed data is a waste of paper. The point of the paper is to convey the information printed thereupon. If the person reading it receives the information, the paper has done its duty and the use of the paper was not a waste. Paper is also a renewable and sustainable resource , while the materials used to manufacture computers are finite. Already we are running out of helium and other materials.

http://www.sciencedaily.com...

Another role of paper documents is longevity and independence from the dangers of data storage and maintenance. There are paper documents dating back thousands of years.

Government agencies require financial firms to keep paper document backups for a number of years to ensure the fidelity of the information. It is much easier to determine if a paper document has been altered or forged.

The argument that it's easy to access the web is discriminatory against the lower class and under-privileged. A complete transition to digital media would remove all literature from the access of billions of people who don't have "easy access to the web."

The characterization of accessing digital information as "easy" and "simpler to use" is subjective. As comfortable as anyone can be with computers, I feel it would be disingenuous to say it's easier to boot into an OS, open a program to open a file, and then read the file than pick up a piece of paper or a book and look at it.

While ease of use is subjective, it is fact that people better understand things written on paper than if they read them on a screen. 'Print readers "remember significantly more topics than online newsreaders" and that print readers remembered "more main points of news stories."'
https://solomonexamprep.com...
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In summary, electronic format is good. Paper is good. We should have both.
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