Even Free Newspapers Aren’t Worth Reading

Newspapers used to require payment to read day-old news. Now even free newspapers aren’t worth it.

Bryan With a Why

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My parents used to subscribe to not one but TWO newspapers back in the day. And by “back in the day” I mean as recently as just a few years ago. And they live in a large suburb next to a metropolitan city, both with their own major newspapers so it’s not as strange as it may sound. They always had newspaper subscriptions when I was growing up and having had 5 kids, they needed those coupons inside to save as much money on food as possible!

They’re both in their 70s now and their generation is the last of the “newspaper reading” generation. All they ever knew for the first 40+ years of their life was getting their news from the newspaper or television. The internet really didn’t spring up until they were in their 40s and most people still didn’t get news from the internet until the last 5 to 10 years.

The Internet Changed Everything

It sounds cliche, I know, but you can’t deny the truth. The internet changed everything! Now even young adults or kids see ads or news online and lump newspapers in the same “old people” bucket as rotary phones, landlines, and Yellow Page books.

When it comes to social media, my parents stick to Facebook mostly and ignore the other platforms. And we all know that while social media is where most people get their news, it can also be the very worst place to try and gather “news” on anything. Social media might possibly be the worst place to gather information thanks to the hatred and vitriol combined with the bias built in via algorithms. You read a clickbaity story, get enraged, comment on it, demonize those who disagree, follow those who agree, and the algorithm triggers to give you more of the dopamine hit and avoid anything that won’t enrage you.

It comes as no surprise to anyone today that newspapers aren’t as popular thanks to the internet and that pesky IMMEDIATE and UNFILTERED news from every human being on Earth waiting until the following morning to receive their news.

But it really hit close to home today when I received a newspaper in the…

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Bryan With a Why

Write about politics, religion, economics, & finance. If you like most Medium articles you probably won’t like what I say. https://compiled.social/bryanwithawhy