March 23rd, 2009 by Bob Bly
For more than 4 decades, one of my favorite activities and greatest pleasures has been reading the newspaper.
Yet according to an article on cnn.com today, at least 120 U.S. newspapers have shut down since January 2008.
“Newspapers are losing their relevance in the lives of a majority of Americans,” cnn.com — an online news service — smugly proclaims.
My own kids get their info online and on TV. They don’t read the newspaper, even with daily deliver of a newspaper on our front lawn.
I read news every day online at cnn.com, the page on which my web browser is set to open — and I love it.
But I also love reading the newspaper at the lunch counter where I have my tuna sandwich each day … or at the kitchen table on weekend mornings over scrambled eggs and coffee.
This is a singular experience — peaceful, comforting, and entertaining — which seems to be lost on young people today.
I am wondering: if you are under 50, do you read news online only … and are newspapers not part of your information mix?
If you are 50 or older, like I am, do you still cling to your newspaper habit — or have you given it up for lent?
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