Thursday, May 7, 2009
CM PRESS # 687
INTERESTING COLUMN ON JON STEWART AND OBAMA'S WAR
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WE WONDER IF OUR NEWSPAPER READING EVOLUTION IS WIDESPREAD
EVOLUTION PHASE 1
Before the Internet took hold, we subscribed to the LA TIMES and the OC REGISTER and read both front to back each morning along with the DAILY PILOT that came with the TIMES.
EVOLUTION PHASE 2
As the Internet took hold (and after we got a faster computer) we gradually stopped reading the TIMES and the REGISTER but continued reading the DAILY PILOT that came with the TIMES each morning. The PILOT gave us the local news we wanted to read, while the TIMES and the REGISTER didn't do that and were also too slow on the draw for national and international news which we usually got from DRUDGE and other sources on the Internet, with constant updates.
EVOLUTION PHASE 3
We finally cancelled our subscriptions to the TIMES and the REGISTER. We just weren't reading them, and if they occasionally had anything we wanted to read, we could get it from their Internet versions.
As time went on, and even though we have links to both newspapers here on the CM PRESS, we found that we rarely went to either of these big papers even in their Internet versions.
However, we did and still do go to the Internet version of the DAILY PILOT frequently during each day for updates on local news and views. And, sometimes we'll cross check a story from the PILOT with one from the REGISTER. We usually do this when the PILOT runs stories with no descriptions of outstanding violent criminals in Costa Mesa.
EVOLUTION PHASE 4
A family member missed the coupons and sales ads in the REGISTER, along with a few features such as the Food section, the Home and Garden section and the Sunday business Section so we recently restarted our subscription and now get the paper on the four days of the week when the above appear (Thursday--Sunday). Actually, Friday is a waste because there are no sections there that our family member wants. It was just part of a subscription deal from the Register. Personally, we don't read the thing at all.
EVOLUTION PHASE 5
The ink stains on our fingers have disappeared and our head is no longer bowed to look down at a newspaper. Our eyes have become less squinty and the redness has gone away. Our typing fingers are now faster. We're expecting to develop an opposable thumb and the ability to walk upright in the near future as we continue to evolve away from newspapers.
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Those are our opinions. Thanks for reading them.
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