Week 7

March 4th, 2015

First Issue of Time Published 92 Years Ago

Ninety-two years ago today, March 3, the first issue of Time Magazine was published. Time is one of the most relevant and influential magazines still in circulation today, so I thought this article extremely interesting. The article said it only cost 15 cents to buy; now, it costs around $16 for a subscription.

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An author at the time said that this idea for Time magazine would never work, and he obviously could not have been more wrong. Reading this short article reminded me how relevant Time magazine is and how long it’s been around, because honestly I had no idea it had been that long. Even though not nearly as many people grab the paper copies than subscribe to it online, some Time covers are priceless. I know my family has quite a few actual solid copies of some issues, as they are apart of history. One that stands out in particular is the JFK one.

So this begs the question: How long will Time Magazine still sell hard copies of their issues?

Week 6

March 1st, 2015

Time to revisit our mobile strategy

I was immediately drawn to this headline for some reason, because lately in my own life I’ve been thinking about how important mobile applications have become. Upon reading this, I agree with most everything this blogger says: that the mobile web is dying ¬†and mobile apps are replacing it.

The main reason I happened to be thinking about this is because I was doing a project for my video production class. We were asked to come up with a question, and my group decided on “What is your main news source, and how do you get that news?”

The answers from students were overwhelmingly apps-but not just random “news” apps that come on your phone. They were applications for popular news sites like CNN and BBC. So while the actual websites aren’t being looked up on mobile devices, their apps are being utilized.

I started to ask myself if this was a bad thing, or if this was just a part of technology evolving.

That is what this post is essentially asking. It’s also saying that mobile websites aren’t as dead as everyone thinks. They use an example of a link being shared on Facebook. When you click that link, it takes you to the company’s mobile site, not it’s app. I agree with this for the most part, but I also know that if I get to a company’s mobile site, it will give me an option to download the app, depending on the site. The best example I can come up with for this is fandango.com. If I type that into my mobile browser, right away it asks me to download the fandango app.

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So where do I stand on this issue? Well, I think I’m pretty indifferent to it. More and more companies are creating apps for their websites, but there will always be people using their mobile browser instead. For me it’s kind of like how they say newspapers are dying out (which they are), but there will always be a generation of people who prefer holding a newspaper than reading it online.