Do You Read the Newspaper?

I have not read a newspaper since five years ago.

In our parent’s era, if we didn’t read the newspaper, we were thought of as strange and lacking commonsense..

In the past, fathers mainly read the front page of the paper and editorial articles which they talked about at their office.
Among colleagues, the opinions aired out were more or less the same because most of the newspapers used to have similar opinions .
Mothers who seldom worked full time read the flyers and looked for stores offering discounts.
Children mainly read TV listings and sports news.

Now I read the titles of news on the internet or twitter.
Internet news articles may be written with a bias but I can compare them.
My wife buys most of the goods on the internet.
Average children play games with Wii and PSP.

So far I don’t have any difficulties without the newspaper.
A lot of papers are saved and I don’t need to read any biased opinions.
Besides I seldom watch TV.
I feel as if I have gained freedom from biased opinions.
I read only what I want to read.

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I live in Kawagoe-city Saitama-prefecture Japan. There are many traditional warehouses in Kawagoe. So many Japanese and the people from overseas come to sightseeing.

22 thoughts on “Do You Read the Newspaper?”

  1. I only read the newspaper at work because it was there. Othewise, I read everythin through the internet too. I dont watch much news on TV because of the biasness that I felt when reporting them. 😦

  2. “I have not read a newspaper since five years ago…”, yes, but we had a SKYPE phone call, meet at twitter and wordpress. Things are a-changing (like Bob Dylan sang) …

    1. Hmm. I knew that you can also use Skype as a chat and messenger. It’s convenient. However, I don’t have skype friends except you and English teacher. πŸ™‚

  3. I don’t read a newspaper, but my wife enjoys reading it everyday. She likes the local stories and does not read much on the internet or listen to the radio so this is alos her place to see world news.

    1. Certainly, I can’t read local news on Internet. I can know about the local event and festival from publication written by the city government.

  4. When I find time I read newspapers: Nikkei Shimbun or local newspapers when I travel for business. Otherwise I try to keep an open mind with reading news online or keep information coming in through twitter or blogs. Personally it is important for me to expose myself to many different sources, whether I agree with the content or not. It is so easy to end up in a bubble where I can read solely the things that I want to hear.
    For me another important source is personal contacts around the world. Keeping up with personal experiences, viewpoints around the world helps me to understand better what is found in the news, in books or then online.

  5. I read anything I can get my hands on, and love free newspapers (but haven’t decided if they’d be worth paying for…) Everything you read has some kind of bias, including the internet, TV, newspapers, radio, whatever. The trick is to recognizes the biases πŸ™‚

  6. I’m selective about what i read and don’t watch the news on TV that much. I have an online subscription to the NY Times and reference it a lot. I listen to the radio a bit more now. Plus not enough time in a day anymore. πŸ™‚

    1. I see.I also don’t have much time to read something.
      So I carefully select the articles to read although I want to read the NY Times thoroughly.

  7. I still get the Sunday paper but am letting my subscription die because most articles are “old news”. I’ve found we’re not really reading it. I get most of my news from the internet and I do watch Fox News, sometimes listen to radio when I’m driving.

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