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This topic has been on my mind for some time and I think it's about time we discuss it.

Thanks to technology and the Internet the way we receive news is different than say, 20 years ago.

Now that many major news corporations and newspapers have added online editions there has been discussion about the future of our print media.

Interesting items to note:

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The latest statistics out of the Audit Bureau of Circulations find that newspaper circulation dropped 2.6 percent in the six months that ended in September. That's more of a drop than in any comparable six-month period since 1991.

How many of you still read the print editions of a newspaper?

I will admit it, I rarely buy a newspaper. The few times I've bought a print edition is on the weekend (for the circulars). Other than that I'll read it if someone leaves a copy in the lunchroom at work.

Why don't I buy the paper? Because I really don't have time to read an entire newspaper every day. I'm probably shooting myself in the foot for saying this (after all, look where I'm blogging at), but any breaking stories I need to read I'll find here on the Vicad's online edition.

I don't think print media will ever go away. However, I do think its role will change.

More quotes I found interesting from Cnet executive editor Charles Cooper :

By now, I thought this old media-new media debate was history. Wishful thinking. Some of the most respected print journalists around still treat blogs as if they were lab specimens—at best interesting oddities but clearly not something to cuddle up to for very long. During a panel discussion on Internet versus traditional media that I attended this week in Santa Clara, tech columnist John Markoff of The New York Times and tech columnist Kara Swisher of The Wall Street Journal sounded like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as they repeated the mainstream media's general suspicion of the blogosphere: Who are those guys?

Markoff and Swisher are smart cookies who are clued into the technology business. But there's a shift under way in which authority is being transferred to authors with no accountability other than to themselves and their readership. Does it matter? Should it matter? The mainstream media can look down its nose at the blogosphere, but the numbers tell a different story. More people than ever are reading blogs because of shared affinities and it's coming at the expense of print newspapers.

Yahoo Chief Operating Officer Dan Rosensweig, who was also on the panel, put it succinctly to traditional media:

"We don't know who your editors are. All our lives we read stuff written by people we don't know that's edited by people we don't know, who might have an agenda."

It's all a matter of perspective, but while these debates drone on, newspapers continue to lose readers and advertisers. If that's not a wake-up call for a new approach, then what is?

So you tell me, what do you think the future of print media is?