The Spider's Web Is Spun!
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The Spider’s Web Is Spun!

Well. I don’t really react that way since I usually read the complimentary paper at the burger breakfast joint. Usually, it’s just another customer obnoxiously hogging the premium still sitting on his otherwise empty table while he smokes a cigarette outside, or while he myopically reads every line of every story of every section for an hour and a half. He ain’t got no couth.

It’s enough to make you buy your own copy. Not this time dammit. And, don’t blame me they’re going out of business either, I’ve paid for plenty of newspapers. Even delivered a few too. Nope, you can’t even blame the damn dog for chewing on it, or peeing on it, or the rain, or even the kids reading the comics or making papier-mache.


Not in print anyway. From now on it’s only Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Or, you can go online with your chosen platform, desktop, laptop, tablet or cell.

I don’t care, I don’t like it, I want my DAMN PAPER. And frankly, I still think the Alabama Media Group is too far ahead of the curve. The online edition just isn’t the same, and daily print newspapers can and will survive.

Next, I think I’m supposed to say something like – that’s all emotional, and intellectually I really knew it would happen and it probably won’t be long until there simply is no print paper at all. But, I’m really not convinced.

Obviously, the world is changing. But it does seem ironic, that the “progress” really does feel like a backward step. Perhaps befitting for the state, sometimes referred to as “Alabama the backward.” This time though, it isn’t thank God for Mississippi, because it’s New Orleans that jumped off the cliff with us. Maybe I could move to Jackson Mississippi. I bet they still have an everyday paper. Then again, so does New Orleans after all, which is now being supplied a daily local paper for New Orleans from Baton Rouge.

Technology suddenly doesn’t seem so cool when it’s required as opposed to supplemental. I’ve been publishing my website www.tocc.tv on the Internet for nearly fifteen years. I’ve never published print. I am the new technology. But, I’ve always thought of it in addition to print media, and a potential variation of broadcast TV news, not a total replacement.

I don’t like the idea of replacing print media and broadcast TV to the point that everything is on demand and interactive. You loose a sense of community. If everyone watches Big Bang at different times, how will you know what the tweets mean?

What if you loose your IPhone, or forget it when you go for a walk in the park or something. How can you grab an electronic edition of anything for a quarter? That’s also what I don’t like. A “device,” and probably soon an app and a subscription, are compulsory. The print options – all of the print options – seem to be disappearing.

There are still alot of people who don’t have smart phones or tablets or portable broadband, maybe not even at home – and they will loose access to important daily news and information. For some it’s not so important, but the way the “progress” is going, it’s quickly going to become an all or nothing proposition. I don’t think that’s going to be good for the overall literacy rate of anywhere – much less Alabama the backward.

Besides all that, what are you going to use to drain your freshly fried catfish if not this mornings daily paper? I already have trouble running out of paper plates. Ok, that’s my own fault – but it’s a manageable crisis because I could still buy my own newspaper!

So today, as I have absolutely no choice in the matter, please excuse me while I check my al.com newsfeeds and slam this cup of Joe. Then, I can check USA Today. It’s still technologically supplemental.

© 2012 – Jim Casey
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