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Apr 29, 2019 18:23:11

Reading the Papers

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Jeff Riddall

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First off, thanks to @turanli for inspiring my chosen stream of thought today as he questioned the need to subscribe to a newspaper. This reminded me of a conversation I overheard last week amongst a few of my colleagues about how one missed reading cartoons, specifically Dilbert, in a daily newspaper. Now, I don't want to get all nostalgic and show my age, but I too occasionally find myself missing traditional daily or at least weekly newspapers. Maybe this hearkens back to my Journalism training. I can still vaguely remember physically cutting paper headlines and positioning them on a layout board.

In the small city where I live, we do still receive a local newspaper once a week. I do enjoy flipping through it to see if I've missed any of the updates on the weekly  happenings in my community. One annoyance is having to first remove all of the flyers, which tend to account for at least 2/3 of the paper included in my package, but I realize are necessary to the survival of paper they accompany. Most of the time, what I see in the local rag is a repeat of something I've read online earlier in the week via Facebook or some other channel. But sometimes, I happen upon a tidbit I haven't seen or I come across an interesting column or op ed worth a read. Then, of course, I can always turn to the funnies or try my hand at the crossword with an actual lead pencil. I'm sure most older folks (yikes it sounds horrible to put myself in this category) will agree there is something pleasing about the tactile experience of reading a newspaper, similar to reading a book, which I've already admitted I'm not very good at. I know lots of people who prefer to read on a Kindle, but I've tried and have found not being required to turn pages an unnatural sensation.

All this said, I can still choose to subscribe to a regular paper, but admittedly can't justify it with all the digital news at my fingertips. 

But who else here misses paper and books? And yes, @brandonwilson, you're welcome to call me on my rotary dial phone with your response.


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    @Rawhead Joy of reading newspapers - this is something almost all juveniles don't know. Lucky me, I did discover of this joy a few months ago, when I stopped using all SNSs. At first, I struggled with being isolated from what the rest of my friends do: sharing, posting, liking, and selfie. But later, when I started reading books and some news, I realized that the life that I had before was not that fun with all show-offs and "wanna be cool" mindset. Now I know who I am. This is the real life I am in now, not the virtual one. Everything I do now is for myself, not to show off to others. That is the reason I guess, I don't have to lie to myself. By saying "Now I know who I am" that is what I meant. So, newspapers - I do really read them now and enjoy it. Finishing the whole story might take a few mins but still, it is more satisfying than just scrolling a bunch of news in seconds(like I did before). Looking at the older generation now, I know that they know much better than us and just pretend that they don't know anything. :)) I recently found it in one way by reading what they read :)) I bet there are more to find and learn

    nkjk,j,j avatar nkjk,j,j | Apr 30, 2019 17:44:40
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      @turanli Yeah old folks can teach us a bunch of stuff, but there's a few things they learn from us too. We're all constantly learning.

      Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Apr 30, 2019 09:02:19
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    @Rawhead I, too, remember using exacto knives in high school newspaper class cutting out pictures and copy and pasting them with none other than rubber cement. That's what we had to get high on before all these fancy new designer drugs. ;) I think I missed the cutoff for the nostalgia express about newspapers but I do get it.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 29, 2019 20:07:39
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