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Can you imagine your grandparents having read the newspaper and seeing comments like,"IMHO , LOL, and WTF?" Let me start by saying that "WTF" does not stand for Wednesday,Thursday and Friday and In my honest opinion (IMHO) I have never told anyone I am Laughing out loud, (LOL)maybe a smiley face or a tehe, but LOL?
A recent survey stated more people get their news from the Internet than from newspapers — and more ad dollars went to online outlets than to newspapers. This trend is growing toward electronic journalism and in the near future we may not have the luxury of choosing to read a real hard copied newspaper which in itself would be a travesty.
I have been reading the Garden Island News online for almost ten years now. I use to comment to the stories I found interesting and after a few years quit commenting because of the venomous hate from other commenters should you disagree with them. These were the commenters that preached Aloha, that's if you agreed with them, if you didn't agree with them, they were out to get you.
Two weeks ago I decided to subscribe to the Garden Island newspaper, the real thing, the hard copy. The way I read the paper as a young man and youth. I forget how wonderful reading the newspaper can be. I was not tempted to comment to a story with the potential of being verbally abused by another commenter that may had disagreed with me. I do not have to worry about spilling my coffee on my computer and having an expensive repair or having a virus stop me from reading a certain article.
Just relaxing with the Garden island News with my morning coffee in my favorite recliner, dog at my side, is a comfort I had forgotten.
Reading the hard copy, I do not see all the varied opinions expressed through the comments board. It is comforting reading the newspaper without other readers chiming in. I just read the paper without talking back. It's relaxing and feels wonderful to just read the paper like our ancestors did many years ago.
For anyone trying to save a few bucks by reading online, there is still nothing like the Sunday paper. There are many inserts not available online that are only available with a real hard copied newspaper that can save you enough money to pay for the subscription because of all the coupons to many stores and restaurants. I found coupons for free taco's and two for one dinners that I never would had found reading online. I was also able to read the comic section in color on Sunday, Charlie, Lucy and Snoopy still make me laugh.
With all the political hate, and social media hoopla out there--along locally on Kauai with bill 2491 which has torn a community apart. It finally feels awesome to read a newspaper uninterrupted again without commenters ruining the enjoyment of reading the paper.
I had forgotten the beauty and fun of asking others in the living room with you ,"could someone please pass me the sports section?
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