Above is the last page of our research paper on Vanishing Newsstands with hand-written comments by the research committee. It says: “Novel ideas, concrete research conclusions! This program has the potential for further development and applications. We recommend submitting this research program to the municipal level appraisal.”
Below is the bilingual abstract of this research:
The newsstand has been a business which marked the particular culture of Shanghai. However, as the Internet develops, the traditional usage of written media has been crushed, and it is increasingly difficult for newsstands to survive. Some owners of newsstands have been forced to run them as grocery stores, selling daily necessities, deteriorating newsstands’ original cultural value. In an attempt to avoid their “extinction,” Jing’an District tried to reform the newsstand, adding modern technological outfits such as huge LED screens. Nevertheless, this reformation has brought little impact, and the cultural value of newsstands is hardly reflected. Our research starts from this seemingly ineffective reformation and analyzes the possible problems and potential solutions thereof. In the conclusion, we will propose a new direction in which newsstands could develop to gain an irreplaceable role in the information age. It could be defined as “a city culture center” or “a platform that publicizes the Shanghai style.” Namely, the traditional “red pavilion” outfit should be sustained, and it should be designed to sell souvenirs and city exhibition tickets, etc. We hope our research can help newsstands flourish and revive, and preserve the collective memory of a Shanghainese generation.