Taking a couple of the dogs for a stroll thru the neighbor at lunchtime today, I noticed something I thought unusual. Leaving our driveway, I saw that my neighbor across the street had not yet retrieved their morning paper. Along the way I noticed a few more papers lying about. This caused me to wonder just how many, so I kept count along the way. I was surprised to see a full 25% of all households had not yet read today’s Sunday edition of the Charlotte Observer. This troubles me. Most of those houses showed signs of activity. (window and doors open, vehicle sparked with people outside) Do people subscribe out of habit, custom or tradition and don’t really depend on the print media for news/information? (on many early morning outings before sunrise I often see the flicker of television screens. I find this odd because we rarely switch on the TV until 8:00 at night.) TV news has become so vacuous and wearisome to watch. Local stations are so pathetic they are hilarious in chasing trivial stories about nothing. I gave up on CNN/Headline news when they instituted the scroll and sidebar news items along with whomever was speaking. (very distracting)
I grew up with, and have maintained, the habit of reading the newspaper every morning during breakfast. True, it may have only been the comics or sports when I was a kid, but it remains my primary source of news. The Internet has supplemented that some but it’s hard to drag my desktop to just any room of the house, or weather permitting outside on a whim.