Worldwide, the newspaper industry is facing the toughest period and bleakest future in its entire history and many had already stopped publication.
It's no secret that technology has changed pretty much every aspect of our lives, more so perhaps in the past decade. With the advancements of technology, the "old ways" end up being replaced, maybe even forgotten. The newspaper industry is possibly one of the biggest victims of technological progress, as people can easily get the latest news from the internet, rather than needing to buy a physical newspaper. With the advent of smartphones, online news has been made even more accessible, as people can get the latest news as it happens, as opposed to only reading about it in tomorrow's paper. This has further tightened the noose around the newspaper industry, and earlier this week the Malay Mail, Malaysia's oldest newspaper publication, had finally thrown in the towel.
I myself rarely even touch a newspaper nowadays, but my grandma always reads the newspaper on a daily basis, she said she needs something physical to hold. This is clearly something that affects the older generation more than the younger generation, but it's not just the newspaper industry that has been hit by the technology wave. Many other industries have also been affected by the progress of technology. In Malaysia, taxi drivers have been protesting about ride-hailing services for a very long time. Traditional watch makers have had to adapt to the injection of technology into wearables, making smartwatches alongside their traditional watches. Many industries have also replaced manned counters with automated kiosks, like fast food outlets and cinemas.
What do you think of technology taking over? Newspapers will undoubtedly become less and less relevant, and other industries could also see themselves fighting for survival. Do you have any other examples of how technology has "killed" something from the past?