Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Confessions of a newsprint junkie


I have a confession to make: I hate online newspapers.

Reading screen after screen of digital news items, my vision gets blurry and my brain starts to hurt.

But give me a bulging Saturday edition of the Toronto Star that leaves my fingers stained with black ink and I am one happy gal.

Any bona fide newspaper reader knows the true joy of the print experience extends beyond the simple act of catching up on the news of the day.

There’s the clipping of great articles for (in my case) sharing with my students; the daily crossword or suduko puzzle to challenge the mind; the occasional water park coupon or new theatre production announcement; and of course, the scanning of the latest Dilbert cartoon for a bit of a laugh.

Granted, online newspapers do have their perks. Like the video footage that’s available at the click of a mouse. Or the audio interviews with key figures in current affairs.

Ah, but can you do the “commuter fold” while riding the VIA with www.theglobeandmail.com? I think not.

Friends and colleagues send me great links to online articles all the time. And I appreciate that, don’t get me wrong. But I have been known (with apologies to the environmentalists) to print the articles and read them that way.

My friends point out that I’m killing trees. I fire back that their obsession with online newspapers places more stress on our already over-extended power grids (a bit of a reach, I know, but so far it’s the best I can come up with).

And let's not forget that most newsprint these days is completely recyclable, and also finds multiple after-uses for children’s art projects, hamster cage carpeting and papier mache construction.

At the end of the day, I suppose the most important thing is not so much where we get our news, but that we’re sure to stay informed about what’s taking place in our world.

Whatever your preference, make every effort to stay current: read all about it!

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