Why I gave up the newspaper and don't miss it
I went from 7 days a week to almost cold turkey on the newspaper, and don’t seem to miss it much. I got the Raleigh News and Observer.
There are a number of reasons why:
- The news was 24 hours late
- I already knew most of it from the internet
- I couldn’t believe what they wrote due to poor research or point of view
- The weather prediction is a crap shoot
- I couldn’t believe what was written
- I’ve boycotted all the pro sports that boycotted me because they weren’t getting enough millions and were complaining
- I get better news and points of views from the blogs or podcasts
- I couldn’t trust whether it was true or not
- If there was something I needed from the local paper, I got it the day of off the net rather than the next morning
I know I repeated myself in about 3 of the above points, on purpose.
I now take it on the weekends mainly because they have the coupons for saving money. It makes the subscription about free.
What do I miss?
The daily cartoons that I follow, but even they are on the internet if I really cared. Also, it was handy when I needed to take something to the reading room.
I have followed the decline of the subscription renewal rates for most of the written publications and they are going down faster than a truck without brakes on a mountain. Mostly from the reasons I stated above. My unscientific research looks like it’s a toss up between lack of timeliness and lack of believability now. I’ve followed this trend with the network news and most of the cable news also.
Update: here is how the blogs discover the truth, and the MSM doesn’t do proper jounalistic research: