This is a quick blog entry to give a quick exerpt from my brain.
I was thinking a lot about newspapers (while reading a New York Times), and I understand that I love the physical newspaper as do many other people. I began to worry about newspapers only being available online, and that was upsetting to me. I know that many people, like myself, can only stare at a screen for so long without getting a head ache.
I like to highlight things, I like to circle, I like to cut out and paste things places, I like to put things on my wall. I love newspapers, magazines, books, etc.
And then I decided to think of other people.
I realized that the future of Journalism via web can still reach out to others through print, but I realized that online magazines (such as Slate.com) are saving the environment.
I recycle bottles, but I am a hoarder when it comes to the newspaper. I never throw my papers out, or my magazines, or anything else. But I realize that there are people out there who read a newspaper, and then go and throw it in the trash.
It just makes me look on the bright side that thanks to online news sources and the use of the internet maybe in the future it will help out the environment even if only marginally so. And maybe the newspapers, magazines that are currently being printed could revert to being printed on recycled paper.
Just a brief thought on the bright side.
p.s. I read an article previously that goes along with this topic. The article is called "The Only Thing Newspapers Are Good For is Killing Trees." Although I disagree with that statement, and according to AP Style headlines are only supposed to capitalize the first letter of the statement and then any proper nouns/names in the title, I decided to post the link for you to read anyway. It's not a great article, but it put some thoughts into my head. And even when you don't agree with a piece you read, it is worth reading if it really makes you think:
"Real journalism is done out of passion..."
"I think almost every newspaper in the United States has lost circulation due to the Internet. I also think the Internet will lead to a lot of plagiarism in journalism." -- Will McDonough