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Waking up and stepping out for a coffee and a little morning bite; getting a couple of newspapers and reading, back to front, every single piece of text. The world stops for a while, there is nothing but you and that paper. No other image brings to me so vividly the joy of a free day ahead. And I suspect many of you reading, each with her own little ritual, would agree on this being one of the simplest great pleasures of life. Sure! That pleasure includes the black finger tips.
But then, in the Internet era, there is the iPad and other similar electronic devices, perfect for news consumption, all ready to easily replace the role of the printed newspaper in our daily news reading routines. Whether the replacement returns a similar degree of satisfaction to that obtained from the bundle of cellulose
and ink, is very much a matter of personal priorities: screen vs paper, unlimited contents vs static contents, interactivity vs unresponsiveness...
Besides comparisons, romantic motivations and very subjective discussions on textures, feelings, etc., the reality is that the decline of the printed newspaper industry has been on the headlines long before the birth of the iPad.
Perhaps tablets have accelerated the process due to their properties resembling our paper experience more than those of desktop computers but, still, it is a fact that newspapers have been loosing readers, advertisers and often even their sense of mission for quite a few years now. Internet itself, despite the device accessed through, is widely cited for the drop off and it’s not hard to guess why.
In a time when we spend so many hours in front of the computer and receive news on the mobile devices as they are happening, no matter where in the world, the daily printed newspaper is slow and unresponsive.
Most mornings, the printed headlines have long been old news. They are outdated before they even reach their audience. Most today’s readers want news on demand, and they want it constantly updated and constantly debated; as a result, a source of static information is no longer acceptable. Added to that is the fact that the paper shows a very limited point of view while people are demanding opinions not only from the official sources, often huge media multinationals, but directly from those involved in the events being narrated. And no-one has yet figure out how to meet these immediacy and closeness
requirements in print.
Given the state of things, how much longer this endangered industry will last, is a mystery to many of us; 20, 40, 50 years... we don’t know. In any case, just the threat of a possible death, feels a good enough reason to put on paper the memories behind centuries of one of the most widely shared pleasures: the reading of a printed newspaper.