The Point of Print


By Dennis Richardson

While a large number of people seem to forever be glued to their cell phones for just about everything, and wouldn’t leave home without it, I prefer to read what I want to know in a larger format.
An Ipad? Well, those are nice, so are tablets. But why not open the laptop instead? But I prefer even larger than that. And handier. And it doesn’t use up its battery life or require a wifi signal.
Maybe I am just an old “fuddy duddy” but I like being able to pick up something in print. Not only is it larger but there is just so much of the computer I can take. Headaches begin to set in and distractions occur like notifications that it is my turn in the computer games. Also, who knows what kind of identity thieves and ransom ware pirates are lurking?
Alexa is enough of the outside world listening in as far as I am concerned. Siri, too. I joked the other day when company was over that “I hope Alexa is not listening in”. Guess who piped right in? Alexa muttered something like “I do not listen unless asked to” or something like that. I was so shocked at the comment that I missed part of it.
I like to read my news from a newspaper Or a magazine.
It seems not only more credible, coming from local journalists who take pride in their accuracy and fact-checking, but also the ads stay right there on the page instead of popping up in my face.
There is something about holding printed news while reading.
I don’t know about others, but my brain seems to register and remember what is in print more than what is on the computer screen (or phone screen if I was to look it up there).
I do not need a password to get into the news in the printed version of the newspaper. I like that because I have enough passwords to remember for banking and vendors websites where I go to view invoices. More often than not, every time I am asked for a password to set up an online access it must be in a different format. And I am not allowed to use one that I have used before. Try too many times with the wrong password and I get locked out which means further delays.
No one needs a password to pick up that newspaper on the coffee table. Studies show that multiple people read that newspaper. They do not even need to log in.
It seems many news items on the Internet feature a teaser lead-in to pique readers’ curiosity enough so that they click on the link to read more. Website owners then use those numbers of clicks to lead advertisers to believe a lot of people are seeing their ad message. We use digital marketing, too. It is one of those “necessary evils” today.
It may be just me but the pop up are annoying and distracting, making it hard to focus on the real point.
Life is a cycle and history often repeats itself which leads me to believe there is a strong future in print journalism.
What do you think? We’d love to read your phone encounters.