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THE PRINT FORMAT IS NOT DEAD! SO STOP SAYING IT!Posted Monday, January 19, 2009, at 12:30 PM
If the press says it enough times, they bring about their own demise, but we the readers will suffer most.
I remember back in the 60's when we were told that by now the country would be covered in asphalt or concrete and there would be very little green space left. Now, they say the internet and computers will replace the printed word.
I love science fiction and much of it eventually comes to life, but the loss of print is not one to which I look forward. Even here on a local basis, I kid myself if I think that even 50% of T-G subscribers will read this blog.
We want good participation in our garden meetings, so we HAVE to get it in print. Somehow, cutting out little Johnny or Jill's photo from the newspaper means so much more than a computer printed version. I could put my face on a news magazine background, but we all know it was not REALLY there. The real thing is proof!
How will history be recorded. Will our ancestors brag about seeing their great great grandfather on the internet, or have a news clipping or an old photo of them in their family album. "Ooops, sorry about losing that server and all the news from Shelbyville, Tennessee for the decade of 2020 was lost." Hope you saved it on an backup somewhere.
A "growing" newspaper in New Jersey (NEW JERSEY!!) only uses the internet to publicize their paper. If you want to read the story or see more than a few pictures, you have to buy the paper.
Do we think the Nashville Tennessean is going to publish the spelling bee winners at our local elementary school? Will they publish our gardening club meeting, send a reporter? I don't think soooooo.
I don't subscribe to the Nashville Tennessean because I can get my National News off TV and Internet and I am not too concerned about what happens locally in Nashville, but I DO subscribe to the T-G and pick up Tullahoma and Manchester papers whenever I get a chance because this is REAL and LOCAL news.
I don't subscribe to my gardening or business magazines online. One of my favorite reading rooms is not conducive to having my desktop or laptop with me. Reading on a plane is much easier when I don't have to "boot it up" or shut it down 20 minutes before I arrive.
I went shopping with my wife yesterday and she was surprised that I left the laptop home. I often bring it to work on while she is doing her thing.
But yesterday, I browsed a bookstore, and absorbed the ambiance of the printed word, fresh coffee and a comfortable chair. When asked if I needed help finding a book I steered away from the "how to", business and even garden books. I went to fiction and ended up buying a James Michener book that I had meant to read for a LONG time.
I pray that print is not dead.
By the way, I do not work for the T-G. I appreciate this forum but I just happen to appreciate their newspaper even more.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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