Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Detroit NewsPAPERS or Lack Thereof
As a language and word-lover a large part of my enjoyment of reading comes from seeing printed words on paper and being able to hold that paper (whether it be a newspaper, a magazine or a book) in my hands. I am astounded that the Detroit Newspapers have decided to shift their focus to digital media. Reading something on a screen is just not the same to me and that is why I have not purchased an Amazon Kindle. Granted, the Detroit Newspapers will still be published each day; it just won't be the same without having a paper delivered to your house four out of seven days a week. The rationalization that readers can either go out to purchase a paper or read the news online, doesn't cut it. A newspaper is meant to be held and read while drinking your morning coffee in your bathrobe and slippers (you can't go out in bathrobe and slippers to buy a paper). Besides, what about the daily crossword puzzle, without paper and pen (or pencil) the crossword puzzle may as well cease to exist. I realize the economy is hurting everyone but, Attention: Detroit Newspapers, please don't shift your resources to digital, there is a reason a newspaper is called a newsPAPER. If this change is made, I will cancel my subscription and find a newspaper that is delivered to me in print, on paper seven days a week.