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The Luddite Chronicles Part 2: Newpapers

At 5:30 in the morning my alarm went off.  I jumped out of bed, went outside, shoved the pile of newspapers (The Des Moines Register-I grew up in Iowa) into my paper bag, climbed onto my bike and rode around the neighborhood placing papers inside screen doors, in mailboxes, in milkboxes or through mail slots.  None of the “throw it anywhere on the driveway” thing.  We put it exactly where people wanted it.  They didn’t want to step outside.

I did this every day for 2 and half years.  I was a young teen.  It was great most of the time, except when it was 20 degrees below zero (F) with a wind chill of 60 below.  That wasn’t great.

My early years as a paperboy gave me an appreciation for the newspaper, but that’s not the only reason I still like to get a daily paper.  There’s more.

This post is Part 2 of “The Luddite Chronicles“.  The Luddites were people opposed to technological advancement.  For more background read Part 1.

So, I’m a Luddite when it comes to still getting a morning paper. 

While I get most of my news on the internet, I still like daily newspapers.  I like the rhythm it brings.  At the beginning of the day I go out at 6:15 with Tiglath (our dog, named after the Neo-Assyrian ruler, Tiglath-pileser III, 745-727 BCE) to get The Philadelphia Inquier.  At the end of the day, I take the plastic bag that enclosed the paper and reuse as a receptacle for Tig’s feces during our evening walk.  Thanks to the newspaper, my day has perfect symmetry.

There are 6 people living in our household (four in my family, and David and Herman, two friends who rent rooms with us).  We all get our news on the internet, but everyone also reads the paper.

We don’t want to have a computer on the kitchen table, but we all want to read what’s going on in the world as we eat our breakfast.  I could use my iPad, but don’t want to.  I would cry if I spilled milk on my iPad.  On the newspaper?  No big deal.  Fixing my iPad would cost more than several years of newspaper subscriptions.

We know you can find the daily comics on the internet.  In fact you can have them emailed to you.  But we like reading them all on one page while eating.

Local news can be obtained in a lot of places online, but I like finding in the Philadelphia Inquier on my breakfast table.

Call me a Luddite.  Are you a Luddite too?  Where do you get your news?  Why? 

Next time: Dumb phones vs. smart phones.

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4 comments on “The Luddite Chronicles Part 2: Newpapers

  1. Anna
    May 10, 2012

    We also enjoy the local newspaper (OC Register) every morning even though you can read the news online. My children sprawl out on the living room floor with the sports page, comics, weather, puzzles (sudoku and wonder word, a word search type puzzle). It’s harder to sprawl out on the floor with a computer. I enjoy reading the paper with my cup of coffee in the morning.

  2. Tanya Marlow
    May 15, 2012

    I have fond memories of you all gathered round the breakfast table with the paper… The cartoon sections were the best!

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