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1050 Future of Papers

Matt and Rachel discuss if we will have newspapers in the future and what will affect the change.

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take one step back


Taking one step back to the newspapers

“Taking one step back” means to go back and do something again. Here, Rachel is talking about reading news online and Matt wants to take one step back and talk about newspapers again. Notice the following samples:

  1. I’m sorry, I didn’t understand. Could you take one step back and explain that again?
  2. The job is more exciting, but it pays less. I don’t want to take a step back.

make a smooth transition


They can't make that transition more smoothly

When we “make a smooth transition” we easily change the way we do something. Here are two samples:

  1. It was not easy to make a smooth transition from day to night classes.
  2. With high fuel prices, many people are making the transition to smaller cars.

go the way of


The paper will go the way of the Dodo.

The Dodo is a bird that is extinct (no longer on earth). When Matt says newspapers will go the way of the Dodo, he means they will go away forever. Here are more samples of the phrase “go the way of”:

  1. With so many music websites, the CD may soon go the way of the cassette tape.
  2. Some people think high speed broadband internet access will cause Cinemas to go the way of the dinosaur.

flick through


You can flick through it.

To “flick through” something mean to scan it very fast. We often flick through channels when we watch TV. Notice the two sample sentences:

  1. I flicked through the channels and was drawn into a show about travel in South America. I looked so beautiful!
  2. I flicked through the pages but the magazine didn’t interest me.

campaign against


They are campaigning against the government.

We campaign against something we disagree with. We sometimes join an organization to try to change it. There are NGO’s for example that campaign against global warming. Notice the two sample sentences:

  1. The town's people campaigned against the opening of a karaoke club next to the school.
  2. At university, I was in a group that campaigned against nuclear power.