Sunday, July 20, 2014
Last Generation to Enjoy Newspapers?
The newspaper's funnies that are being read in this photo is from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. That paper is only home delivered four days a week nowadays. This was done as a cost cutting measure. The internet has cut deeply into readership of the daily paper worldwide. Why pay for day old news when you can get it fresh for free?
It's very sad when I remember being able to read the comics every day. I enjoyed reading Peanuts, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, B.C., among others. And the Sunday paper had 2 full color comics sections. I think that this is a privilege every child should have. It would enhance their quiet time, something kids need way more of.
Our oldest grandson, Ben, who is 11, tells me that he likes to read the paper through. Maybe the news is old by the time you get it, but it is there. If your internet goes out, you can still read the paper. You can take it with you anywhere and not have to worry about not having a wifi connection.
Getting back to Makenna, there is another reason for her to enjoy the paper. She is deaf, not totally, but enough to not be able to enjoy other forms of media that most other take advantage of. When the paper finally becomes a thing of the past, many will lose from their demise.
I have adapted well to the cyber age. I read 2 comic strips everyday, Funky Winkerbean and Dick Tracy. I know where to find each on the web. I know where to get the news and local ads. But I think I will suffer when the day comes when the daily paper is no longer available.