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Last year I started reading a physical newspaper

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    cloud_loud
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    I get the sentiment, I just don't think reading on the page as opposed to on a screen is that much of a big deal. It takes discipline to not get distracted when you're reading something from your...

    I get the sentiment, I just don't think reading on the page as opposed to on a screen is that much of a big deal. It takes discipline to not get distracted when you're reading something from your phone or your computer, but it's not like it's that much more effort than physically picking up a paper and very knowingly not using your phone.

    A lot of people buy books. But a lot of people don't read the books they buy, so that feeling of guilt isn't enough of a motivator for a lot of people.

    This really just seems like a guy bragging about doing the retro thing and reading a newspaper. Which I'm pretty sure is a more expensive subscription than just the payments to read online articles.

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    1. DepartedPretzel
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      I’m kinda with the author on this one, despite not having any profound blog-post-worthy revelations. I recently subscribed to a local independent newspaper. I’m already subscribed online via RSS...

      I’m kinda with the author on this one, despite not having any profound blog-post-worthy revelations.

      I recently subscribed to a local independent newspaper. I’m already subscribed online via RSS (I like redundancy) but it’s actually nice to untether from a screen to soak in the news. I have no discipline and likely have an attention deficit disorder, so it’s good to read from paper that can’t do anything else. The same applies for the magazines I’m subscribed to, which have the added appeal of pleasing layout designs and photography.

      This part of Schrader’s post also rings true:

      There are often pages of articles about topics I wouldn't say I care about, and yet I find myself reading them. On Sundays I find myself learning about up-and-coming bands, concerts, local events, and investing tips whether I wanted to or not, and it's been a really positive experience; not universally positive, but still very positive. Echo chambers aren't great, and physical papers are a good escape from them.

      My local paper publishes soft human interest items that I often ignore online, but end up reading when they show up in print. It’s easier to scroll past a seemingly-uninteresting article than to quickly turn unwieldly newsprint. While the stories aren’t the finest pieces of journalism, what usually results is that I learn about a cool local individual who may have some thing, service, or event that I want to check out.

      Obviously this isn’t everyone’s experience, though I’d echo Schrader’s basic argument that choosing printed media can be personally beneficial and even enjoyable. It’s still worthy of consideration in the digital era.

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    2. lou
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      IDK. I used to buy newspapers on Sundays, and enjoyed reading throughout the week. Carried it out everywhere like the old man I am. I enjoyed the medium, the presentation, as well as the content....

      IDK. I used to buy newspapers on Sundays, and enjoyed reading throughout the week. Carried it out everywhere like the old man I am.

      I enjoyed the medium, the presentation, as well as the content. There are no intrusive ads, no comments, no autoplayed videos, and (maybe most importantly) no Whatsapp, no notifications, and no other tabs. Frankly, some of my country's newspapers are beautiful, at least to my old-man-eyes.

      Sunday papers are usually really thick, with news from the previous week and special coverages. I stopped buying because national newspapers became too polarized for me to trust them, but if I find that that is not the case anymore I'll resume that habit. It's a very practical way to get a good grasp of the events of the country and world. And I do find it is much harder to concentrate using screens.

      The author may have been overly positive, but I really think there’s much to gain by reading news in print.

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