Did you enjoy reading all the comics and depicting all the puzzles on the Sunday Newspaper? Well I did! In my house, you can easily notice that we are devoted newspaper readers. While growing up in my parent’s household, I never woke up and walked into the living room without seeing at least one of my parents reading the newspaper. As the naive youngest child, you can guess I questioned why anyone would EVER read the newspaper, let alone my parents. But don’t get me wrong, I loved the black and white comics in the back of the newspaper and the full page of puzzles, such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word jumbles, and of course the horoscope that reveals your future. But every Sunday morning, you would get a treat by having an entire page front and back of colored comics. Taking after my parents, I was determined to read it from front to back. But newspapers have so much more value and importance than the naive younger version of me could have ever imagined. It has been apart of our culture for centuries.
Ever since the early 1600’s, newspapers have been apart of our lives for individuals all over the world. They have and are a way to communicate daily news that is happening within the community, nation and even the world. It has traditionally been a significant part of civil society. It provides information to citizens within the area, convening groups about current events and issues, and lastly, it serves as a ‘watchdog’ against abuses by those who have power. Newspapers. Print Newspapers don’t just have the aspects of storytelling, but they also communicate to us a combination of telling a story to bring the community closer together and also breaking the ‘hard news’ of current events to the people of that community. Media members and commentators have stated that Newspapers are a key ingredient in American community life.
But over the years, as technology enhances, paper newspaper have been less and less popular. While the inventions of the telegraph, radio, and television, print newspapers have faced multiple challenges throughout the decades. But publishers have always adapted to all these changes. Nevertheless, Internet and Social Media have proven to be much more of a dangerous component. In the “good ol’ days” when newspapers were commonly printed on paper and thrown to your yard, and when we only received a few letters in the mail a day. Now, in the 21st century, we receive hundreds and maybe thousands of comments on our news articles every single day. As easy as just clicking a button, readers can immediately post their comments to articles so easily. From using the internet, or a News app, or even just watching the 10 o’clock news, we are using technology instead of reading a physical copy of the news. More often than not, news website readers don’t necessarily react to the article itself, but rather they react a lot more to each other’s comments. With these news websites, they may start the discussion of a topic but they might not be able to remain at the center of attention.
Sadly, because of this constant competition between print newspapers and news websites, small and large newspaper companies have had no choice other than abandon their original methods for a more advanced tactic. I never want to wake up Sunday morning and not have anything to physically hold in my hands and read. I truly hope that my future kids will be able to read the Sunday comics and puzzles just like I did.