With the influx of many other communication choices to bring news, it would appear that printed newspapers have somewhat suffered a diminished stature in human priorities. Whereas before, reading a newspaper typically starts and ends a person’s day, most would probably start and end theirs glued in a social networking site. With almost anything under the sun being openly discussed in such sites including the current news, who needs a newspaper to get the news?
Surprise, surprise! There are still those who prefer to get their news through the “old-fashioned” feel of real newspapers. When we say real newspaper, these are the ones printed on paper which we would usually get from our favorite newsstands. Of course, many major dailies have already made their online presence felt. Obviously to some, online reading cannot approximate the satisfaction they obtain from the physical interaction with the newspaper.
The newspaper has and always will be an important source of information, views, opinions, and trends. In business establishments, doctor’s office, and beauty salons, we still see newspapers and magazines being read by waiting customers. In school assignments, newspaper and magazine clippings are still commonly needed.
It is clear that even if a newspaper is classified by some as an “old-fashioned” thing that can be replaced by other forms of media; it has retained its use and relevance to many people. If there is anything that should be exempted from the “paperless” trend, it would be the newspaper. To totally eliminate printed newspaper is to eliminate the essence of what a newspaper is. A newspaper is meant to be appreciated not merely by the sense of sight but also of the sense of touch which completes the experience.