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November 28th, 2004

Paper No Paper

A few years ago, I complained about newspaper sites but noted that I rarely read the actual paper anymore. Coupled with some news I’d read recently that most people in my age group had similar habits, it got me to wondering if other Pingers do the same thing or not.

I tend to read almost all of my news online, since it’s a lot more accessible. I can increase text size, not worry about newsprint, find ways to get around obligatory registration, etc. etc. etc. But there’s something I now find appealing about reading the paper. It’s almost like a throwback of sorts. I start with the ads, of course, to see what I can buy with my millions I won on Jeopardy! and work my way to other sections from there, usually ending with the crossword.

Crosswords never really did well on the computer, did they?

In any case, if you read the paper do you choose to do it online or not? And what are your reasons?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday November 28, 2004 -- 11:25:58 am
I subscribe to the local paper because I need local news. But the bulk of my info comes from the online, mostly while I should be working.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Sunday November 28, 2004 -- 3:57:36 pm
I only subscribe to the local paper on Sundays, for reasons Robert would probably understand. That, and coupons.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Sunday November 28, 2004 -- 8:20:35 pm
We get the local paper on the weekends, for grocery coupons, and because I like to lounge around on Sunday morning reading the paper with a cup of coffee. Coffee and a laptop just doesn't work for me yet.

However, during the week I read the local paper site only if an RSS headline from the site grabs my attention.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday November 29, 2004 -- 1:46:22 pm
For me, the newspaper is strictly for household utilitarian uses.

I get the newspaper occasionally in the winter so I have something to start the fireplace with. Otherwise, the newpaper becomes a nuisance, since it just heaps up. Coupons are basically worthless to me, as most items I buy at the grocery store, which are not prepared foods, are never the subject of coupons.

I'll also buy a newspaper or two when I need to do some painting around the house. Newspaper is also necessary for papier-mache--not that I do any papier mache, but you never know.

If I ever get a parakeet and need something to line the birdcage with, I'll probably subscribe.

Mostly, I get my news on TV at night.

FROM: Lorene
DATE: Tuesday November 30, 2004 -- 11:17:28 pm
I HAVE to read the paper every day, in section/page order, or the world is just not right. I even read the papers I missed if I am out of town. I don't like to read the on-line paper, I always feel like I'm not getting the full meal deal. I also dislike most newspaper sites, especially the ones where you have to register to see one little article, yes, that's you Seattle Times. PS I also try to do the crossword every day, and think that crosswords on the web just don't cut it.

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