What’s Taking so Long…

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A long time ago, just after people found out the world isn’t flat; we got our news from something called a newspaper. ‘The Carrollton Daily Democrat’ or ‘morning coffee rag’ as we called it, was printed on large sheets of paper, thrown on the back of a truck and hauled off to some poor ‘smo’ who would ride his bike through the freezing rain at the butt crack of dawn to toss it up onto the roof or into the neighbor’s yard. But sadly, as time progressed, we found ourselves unable to wait a few hours for our news of ‘world destruction’, ‘what stupid shit did Trump say today or ‘what’s J-Lo up to these days’. So we turned to technology to deliver us from our boredom.
Now I get my news a thousand times a day in 140 character bursts. I’m still just as confused as I was back then and now I don’t have anything to put in Tweeties cage.

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21 thoughts on “What’s Taking so Long…

  1. I used to look forward to a big Omaha World-Herald newspaper each morning, with special enthusiasm for the gigantic Sunday issue that would keep me busy for a long time. Never mind it was the updated version of their hometown evening edition, that is to say “old news” slightly warmed over. I read it from the earliest times when my primary interest was the comics I was yet to learn to read till my middle age when the newspaper went electronic and the physical paper no longer was delivered on my end of the state unless you wanted to get it by mail. (That is to say, really old news!).

    Then, the local daily newspaper went from six days a week publication to three, then one day a week. What?! Obituaries appear after the funeral if you don’t show the courtesy of passing on the right days of the week! The only thing good about the new schedule is it costs about fifty cents a week by Internet or $52 a year if purchased from the newspaper boxes around town.

    I miss the in depth reporting that was standard in the papers printed on newsprint, but get the headline news version now from television and Google or Microsoft news. I feel sorely under informed!

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  2. I remember riding on the tube in London when all the suited and booted would open up their enormous broadsheets to read. Chaos in a confined space. Now we’re all plugged into our machines … think I’d prefer the broadsheets, at least we could surreptitiously read the articles with them.

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  3. Earlier this year, I finally gave up on the local newspaper, The Sacramento Bee. It’s been around for more than 150 years, but it is no longer a newspaper. It’s a shame. To me, no website can deliver the news quite the way a newspaper does.

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    1. My ‘thirty something’ son tells me that he prefers digital because it is always with him and he can read it anytime he wants. I told him that was the problem. I could always put it off until later and by the time I want to go back and read an article, it has been replaced with ten newer versions.

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      1. The way a good newspaper is organized, and the breadth of information it presents, just can’t be matched by a website. And I’ve noticed that the quality of reporting on the local paper’s website has gone downhill also. They rely on a lot of wire service reporting and there is very little of there own. And the quantity of new articles and editorials is dramatically lower as well.

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