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Losing information as people shift to the web

By jdclyde ·
For a number of reasons, newspaper subscriptions are down, while web hits to news sites is up.

While the internet has the advantage of not having deadlines, or being able to get out updates, it does have a few advantages over the web.

Reading a newspaper with a cup of coffee is far superior than reading a computer screen.

With a newspaper, you will read MORE than just the main headline news, getting much more total information, and especially local news and events.

Web based news, people run in, get the main story, and rush back to their rushed lives.

I know I canceled my newspaper two years ago, but that was because by the time I got home at night, made dinner and went over homework, there wasn't a lot of time for reading the paper. People are busy. I also see that many of the papers no longer even try to be objective, but are now "right leaning" or "left leaning" publications. That is sad.

What do you think? Will you continue to get a newspaper, or are you happy to see it go? I bet the environmentalists will be happy to see the tree killers go.

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by Shellbot In reply to Losing information as peo ...

We get the Sunday papers here..and normally get the Saturday paper for the crossword..go for coffee mull it over..

I sometimes pick one up in the evening if going to the pub, but on a daily basis, I just look does hubby.

I think those who want to pour over it and read every detail WILL still buy it..those who just want to peek at the headlines will do it online.

Good for the environment..less trees and chemicals used in the process..

I find most newspapers these days have gone to heck anyways..the reporting is often not great, and as you noted, they always lean a certain way..its hard to get a broad view of anything..

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We get the paper here at work

by jdclyde In reply to Occasionally

Not my local paper, but the Detroit Free Press. Good for getting regional news, and I don't have to pay for it.

I just hate when this one guy decides to take the comics back to his cubical. sumbitch forgets it isn't his friggen paper sometimes... X-(

There are a LOT of sections of it I would NEVER read if it were on-line though, and a paper is far superior for leafing through than a browser.

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Our newspaper has been careening downhill

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Losing information as peo ...

for 20 years. I stopped it about 10 years ago. I stopped it because it was ate up with typos and pisspoor grammar badly misused words.
While I'm betting that my language usage isn't the best at times, our paper has gotten so bad it's not fit for lighting fires.

I was told by the person calling to find out why I didn't renew that they now write to an 8th grade audience. :0
Um. I'm 50something. A long way from 8th grade.

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My biggest problem

by jdclyde In reply to Our newspaper has been ca ...

is the same with on TV, that if I want someones editorial on something, I would read the editorial page.

The losers that pretend to be journalists today have no clue how to just REPORT events as they happened, and not interjecting their own bias.

NY Times is tanking big time over their pathetic coverage.

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Yeah, that bugs me too.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to My biggest problem

I'm capable of forming my own informed opinion, thank you very much. Tell me what happened. I'll opine for myself as to why it happened.

'Course, a couple generations from now there may not be any who are...

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by ---TK--- In reply to Yeah, that bugs me too.

but true... "a couple generations from now there may not be any who are..."

Makes me think of the book Fahrenheit 451... lol but that might be a little to deep for a blog...

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I don't know.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to scairy....

It gets pretty deep around here. ]:)

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true true.... :) <nt>

by ---TK--- In reply to :D I don't know.
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Lazy reporters sometimes fabricate the truth

by Forum Surfer In reply to Our newspaper has been ca ...

My local paper went downhill with the addition of a new reporter who is a conspiracy theorists always looking for a scandal. One example is reporting on an Obama rally where there were several tires slashed. He went around interviewing people about how they felt about this obvious case of voter intimidation. He failed to mention in his article that the people parked illegally across the street from the venue on a residential street with half of their vehicles in the home owner's yard. He also failed to mention that tires were slashed at the previous 3 events at this venue...a country music concert, a rock festival and a Disney on ice event. Voter intimidation or extreme lawn preservation/retaliation? Not only does this reflect poorly on the venue (even though it is off of their property and outside of their security boundary limitations) but it reflects poorly on the population and the town. But hey...guess it sales papers.

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I would HATE

by jdclyde In reply to Lazy reporters sometimes ...

back in high school, they would do a write-up of our sports team, in this case, a championship cross country team. I went to the coach and asked him why he would say such dumb things as he NEVER talked that way in real life, and his reply was that they had never even talked to him. They just made the whole thing up.

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