As popular trends such as Facebook, Twitter, blogging and more have soared in popularity in recent years, the new media has raised a lot of questions as to whether or not what we have known to be hardcopy, print media will exist in the near future. As a student and an avid participant in the media, I can't say that I have ventured into using e-books or reading a magazine on a kindle. I can't imagine laying on the beach without a book in my hand or reading a hardcopy of the New York Times. My father on the other hand will tell you that the kindle is the best invention ever created and that there is nothing better than downloading your publication whether it be newspaper or book and reading it at your leisure.
Today there was an article on the front page of the business section of the New York Times titled, "Ad Shift Throws Blogs a Business Lifeline," (NYTimes, Miller, 9/14/09). The article reveals a popular blog that I just happen to keep tabs on daily and how they have achieved a successful blog "revenue" and are attracting "big-ticket marketers," (NYTimes, Miller). Having over "11 million readers a month", this Sugar Inc., started by Lisa Sugar and her husband is reaching new audiences and stealing dollars and advertising that would generally be going to magazines! Sugar Inc. provides content featuring a celebrity gossip, beauty, fashion, and more. So what is this content considered? As it is growing in popularity, would we now consider this to be "high culture?" This blog is achieving high readership and is entertaining and culturally appealing. So are the "standards" of high culture and low culture, now blending with what is popular? And will this new media sensation truly become the way of mass media for the future?
heres the link to the article: NYTIMES 9/14/09
Also...check out the website popsugar.com (this is the celebrity gossip site, but you can reach the other sites by using the navigation)