The Pros and Cons of On-line Newspapers

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The Benefits and Disadvantages of On-line Newspapers For centuries, newspapers have provided the world with up-to-date, useful information. During the World Wars, America turned to the printed press to receive reports, as the newspapers were a vital source of information for the public; however, over the last sixty years newspapers have evolved from more than just tangible chunks of paper that can be sold on a street corner. Today, international newspapers can be found in mere seconds with a simple click of the mouse. In fact, many digital media experts believe that the second phase of the online newspaper phenomenon, called “Digital Delivery Daily,” will soon be upon us. If it works, consumers may soon see many different…show more content…
It is my belief that the internet will never reach its full potential due to the illegal acts of hackers and their computer viruses. The internet is full of endless possibilities that are beneficial to every age and race; however, the digital world will not benefit from the hackers and viruses running rampant on the internet. As conditions on the internet are currently, newspaper companies will in all probability end up spending more time, money, and effort than is necessary. On November 7, 1996, or Election Night, at least one hacker attempted to shut down the New York Times on the Web. Although the Times was able to prevent this attack, accessibility was slowed for the remainder of the night. While it is obvious that digital news media is often majorly affected by the acts of hackers, the extent of this problem also reaches far beyond the techno-news world. For example, the World Wide Web site of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was damaged by a group of hackers on September 19, 1996. When CIA officials checked the page Thursday night, all that could be found was graffiti (Harper 1998). “Worms” are also another factor that may someday cause the digital media world to collapse. A worm, unlike a virus, is actually able to circulate without the assistance of a carrier program. And to make matters worse, the

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