I still read the paper-paper, you know, the one that you turn pages to read.
- Because I don’t know what I need to know or always want to know and therefore like to scan the various sections of the paper;
- Because the home page on the web is too cluttered with info and ads that assaults me with info unrelated to news and human-interest stories;
- Because every new page you go to online features different ads (more than in the paper);
- Because some of the most interesting info is in tiny little columns that aren’t posted on the website;
- Because the paper-paper is portable and great to have with me when I’m writing the T, or early for a meeting, or stuck in a line;
- Because the on-line paper forces me to view a commercial before I can get to the video I’m angling to see;
- Because the comics I like are not on line;
- Because the letters to the editor (that I often find illuminating) are not online.
I am not anti newspapers on-line. They have their place and are clearly here to stay. I do like the videos I’ve seen posted in the Globe. (These videos are added value, like a dessert to me, they are not the main course or the “meat” of the story). On-line doesn’t replicate or equal the joy of turning each page of a paper. scanning the headlines and sidebars. I’ve made so many discoveries in those page-by-page, section-by-section scans. I do like the convenience of being able to email a story that I’ve read in the paper-paper although, I’ve learned recently, some of the columnist withhold some of their articles from the web.
I don’t think this affinity for the paper-paper has anything to do with my age but rather with my joy for reading and for discovering things in the more slow, deliberate, tactile medium that paper provides. Maybe I’ll start a slow-read movement. When I’m out-of-town, my husband actually saves the paper for me because I will go through each paper to see what I’ve missed – especially the local stories that don’t make the news nationally. It is important to have news about the local scene – a point driven home to me when researching the busing crisis in Boston recently. It was crucial that there was a local paper, the Boston Banner, to give the stories of the Black parents whose voices were largely missing from the daily papers.
And yes, I do recycle, faithfully.
I get the paper on weekends and I hate to admit that I can’t remember the last time I read it. I actually admire that you still read the paper. I think you actually get more out of it when you go the old fashioned way.
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I for one avoid the news entirely, because my nerves can’t handle any more tragedy than I’ve got going on under my own roof. That said, I preferred online news before I crawled under my rock because I couldn’t recycle a paper without reading it or I’d feel guilty, and then I’d fall behind and they’d pile up and mock me. Although you can’t line a birdcage with online media…
Reading papers online just is not the same, I agree. I don’t have time for the paper-paper during the week but now that we’re all moved in (thank goodness!) we’re going to start getting the Saturday paper. My boyfriend ran out in the ran to get it this morning and we’re going to sit down and read it over blueberry pancakes, bacon and coffee. :) (NCLM)
Thanks to all the comments from participants in NCLM. You all are great!
Reading the paper-paper gets you beyond the tragedies to the uplifting, quirky, inspirational, etc.
I even learn from the obits of people’s who’ve lived lives of significance and quiet achievements. They inspire me to wrest the most I can from my time on earth.
I skim through the headlines of each section of the paper-paper while I’m at the cafe buying breakfast, and if I catch anything interesting, I go read the article on line when I’m at my desk.
I don’t like the newspaper because of the whole OCD getting my hands dirty thing. But I will never give up old-fashioned book reading. I love your header/template. It is understated yet gorgeous!
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I SO agree with you.
I can not stand watching the news or hunting for it on line. I like the smell of the paper and that it makes you you sort of quiet. No dinging e-mail alerts to pull you away.
There really is something to be said about being able to turn pages. And you just can’t take your laptop in the bath with you…
I can’t imagine not getting the paper-paper daily. It’s a ritual. Coffee, paper, cereal–I’m waking up as I go.
I honestly can’t tell you the last time I read the paper. I do prefer it to the TV news or online but I find I just never seem to get around to reading it.
I recycle too, but I’m not willing to have the extra quantity that having a paper daily generates… I really don’t have room to store the amount I do as it is… as demonstrated by the gigantic box of cardboard in the middle of my kitchen floor… I can hardly wait for the blue box program to start here. It’s planned for next year so that will be great once it gets going.
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