I have a piece in the current issue of catapult magazine. Following is the opening of the piece and a link to the complete story and others with the theme of Print:
Yes, I still take the daily paper. Other than the physical shifts in
my body, this may be the truest sign of my drifting toward extinction
(more specifically, being old).
It seems ridiculous that I still subscribe. I spend most days
hovering near some type of Internet-connected screen and frequently look
at numerous news sites. By the time the actual paper arrives I’ve
already caught the news, many times over.
I wonder what will finally force me to end my daily practice:
economics (why pay for it when it’s free online?), environmental
concerns (do we need to be using paper this way?) or technology (they go
under and stop printing!).
In recent years our local paper has been sold from one
mega-corporation to another, been through numerous shifts in executive
and editorial leadership and shrunk in size. All of this, along with
staff reductions and moving printing services out of town, can be viewed
as last-ditch attempts at life support for the industry.
So why do I still take the local paper? It may be little more than
sentiment and habit, but it is real. Here’s something of an overview of
my “relationship” with newspapers.
Click to continue reading https://www.catapultmagazine.com/print/article/yes-i-still-take-the-daily-paper