Untangling the Web: Why read it when you can watch it?

27.06.2011                      25.Siwan, 5771

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Untangling the Web: Why read it when you can watch it?

A new Jpost.com column on the ever-changing world of news online: Print and TV merge on the Internet, as readers turn into viewers.

I’ve never been much of a television person, truth be told. At school, when some of the kids would cheat and watch the movie, I always preferred to read the book, even if it took a few hours longer. And I don’t think it’s just because the movie adaptations of Lord of the FliesDay of the Triffids and basically every Shakespeare play not related to Kenneth Branagh or Baz Luhrmann were so terrible. I am a reader and a writer; I prefer a window to the creator’s thoughts rather seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.
This may explain why, as a serious online news junkie, videos tend to annoy more than entice me. I like my news written. For the most part, I like being able to skim sites and articles to pick out what interests me, which is obviously far more difficult to do with videos than text. Despite supposedly cutting-edge technology, video players often fail to load on even the most reliable sites, even with a high-speed, uninterrupted connection. On top of that, the sponsor ads tick me off, and the new trend of asking viewers to fill out surveys before watching doesn’t help either….