It’s a Sunday morning, and you sit down at the kitchen table with a steaming mug of coffee and a warm bagel with a side of bacon and unfold the newspaper. The scent of the freshly printed paper mixes with the aroma of coffee and bacon as you flip through the stories. Justin Timberlake is producing new music? Who won the big game last night? I didn’t know that emerald green is the color of 2013! An hour later, your fingers are smudged with black ink as you fold up the paper.
It’s a Sunday morning, and you sit down at the kitchen table with a steaming mug of coffee and a warm bagel with a side of bacon and you turn on your iPad. You realize that the charge is only at 15%, so you decide to just read the major headlines of the local newspaper. Advertisements cloud your screen and the page seems to take forever to load. Your frustration builds so you turn off the iPad before the charge dies.
If you ask me, I would much rather experience the first Sunday morning scenario. Imagining a world without newspapers is like coloring only with white crayons; it has no purpose unless you throw in the dandelion yellow, cerulean blue, and seafoam green. In the same way, receiving the latest news would not be the same without the feel of the paper in your hands and the ability to flip from one section to the next and back again without having to wait for the page to load.
With campaigns such as “Save The Plain Dealer” emerging, it frightens me to imagine a world where the newspaper is delivered only three times a week, or maybe not at all. If newspapers begin to disappear, so do thousands of valuable jobs.It’s time to cherish the beauty and necessity of printed news before it’s too late.