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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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"they now write to an 8th grade audience"

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

And it ain't the advanced placement kids either. Maybe an 8th grade ESL class.

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Only on Sunday

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

The one clear advantage I see for the newspapers over the online offerings are the Sunday coupons. That's enough to get me to subscribe on Sundays, but there's no real incentive to get me to pony up a few bucks more for the rest of the week.

Additionally, online news has the advantage of being up-to-the-minute, whereas, the stories in the paper are 'dated' before they even hit your porch.

Finally, like you said, papers seem to be far too slanted in general. Even local sports stories are nauseating. For example, no one in Chicago takes Lovie Smtih to task for being a clearly underachieving coach. Instead, we get the nice-and-fluffy stories of how he is loyal to his friends, blah blah blah. I'd much rather head over to ESPN or SI to get an unbiased view (as long as Joe Morgan isn't involved...he's terrible) of the local scene than the homerism that is Chicago print media. As for 'beefier' news stories...forget it. The Sun-Times may as well be called the 'Mayor Daley Hometown Press', and the Chicago Tribune should be called the 'We Wish We Were Downstate Ledger'. The former is far too colloquial and the latter much too aloof to really be taken seriously as journalistic endeavors.

Am I happy to see papers go...not really. At the same time, I view it for what it is: a sign of changing times. Families were once huddled around radios, then sitting on couches watching televisions. Families used to divvy up the paper, now, they'll e-mail/IM links back and forth.

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You can get coupons on-line.....

by jdclyde In reply to Only on Sunday

and even worse than emails, texting is an abomination.... :)

It is so bad, that even the WORD "texting" is not considered a real word by the FF spell checker. B-)

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I have never order the paper.....

by ---TK--- In reply to Losing information as peo ...

I have found that the news is all just a bunch of biases, political bull Sh**... Every time I see the news its, this place got robbed, and this person was shot... Either that or its how the "bail out money" is going to big business to buy out the business that is going down... I choose not to waist my time anymore...

When I want to news, I surf to Fox news, CNN, and local news sites. After that I make my own judgment call, about what is real and what isn't...

The news paper's can go away, or stick around... It really doesn't matter to me.

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The thing I will miss

by jdclyde In reply to I have never order the pa ...

is the local happenings.

the "freebees", a place for free ads of anything you are selling for under $80, "the last word" for announcements of anything from garage sales to a new store opening up.

Oh well.

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you and me both....

by ---TK--- In reply to The thing I will miss

I have found that in the local grocery store's there have been alot more signs of garage sales of that sort... and local events that are going on...I have found that kinda interesting..

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I dont read the paper any more either

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

I dont rush in for the main articles but i do avoid stuff I dont care to read about. Being who I am streaming newscast on my plasma is a normal thing in my house since I surf the net off my TV sometimes. I think "cable" TV will fade in the future and it will be piped over the net anyway as a primary source rather then vice versa as it is now. I already watch most of my shows when I want off the net with limited commercials...

Changed my screen name btw. dmhutton is gone

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by jdclyde In reply to I dont read the paper any ...

the name change?

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iono , just felt like it

by XnavyDK In reply to why
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good enough reason

by jdclyde In reply to iono , just felt like it

why this name?

as long as the DK isn't for "****"? :0

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