By the way, I really don’t understand why the press thinks there’s a browser war underway. The real war is between RSS and HTML. At the recent Gnomedex conference about 80% of the attendees said they were using a news aggregator. That’s a HUGE shift in behavior and has far deeper consequences than a browser choice does.
Don’t think for a minute that young people don’t read. On the contrary, they do, many of them voraciously. But having grown up under the credo that information should be free, they see no reason to pay for news. Instead they access The Washington Post website or surf Google News, where they select from literally thousands of information sources. They receive RSS feeds on their PDAs or visit bloggers whose views mesh with their own. In short, they customize their news-gathering experience in a way a single paper publication could never do. And their hands never get dirty from newsprint.
(related-ish): General thoughts on the media biz from a p.r. heavy
It seems that SMS, instant messenger (IM), and blogs (called "one man media" in the linked article) are the favored forms of communication.
The synchronous nature of SMS and IM are preferred because, according to the article:
"The new generation hate agonizing and waiting and tend to express their feelings immediately," said Professor Lee. "The decline of email is a natural outcome reflecting such characteristics of the new generation."