A couple of posts ago, I linked to a friend’s blog (www.lucidpoint.com) about how our federal government had prematurely released a video of Osama bin Laden — one that was discovered by a private tech firm that had hacked into our enemy’s network.
I also lamented the lack of news on 24 hour networks and confessed that, in recent weeks, I’d been negligent in my duty to keep up with national and international affairs.
In effect, I was complaining at the dearth of real national news available at my fingertips. Of course, that’s a lame excuse, what with online news services. Quite literally, the world is at my fingertips, 24/7.
Today, as I perused my www.netvibes.com feed reader, I noticed this post on poynter.org, a resource center for working journalists and communications scholars. It seems there’s a “whole big thing” stirred up by Roy Peter Clark, a Poynter online columnist. He says, in a column titled, Your Duty to Read the Paper, journalists must help save print media, by reading the newspaper.
I have no proof, but a strong feeling, that even journalists, especially young ones working at newspapers, don’t read the paper. That feels wrong to me — and self-defeating.
So join me, even you young whipper-snappers. Read the paper. Hold it in your hand. Take it to the john. Just read it.
Enjoy perusing comments at both Poynter columns. I’ll close this post with my favorite:
“How much difference would it have made if Kodak employees had continued using film cameras while their customers went digital?” — Bill Mitchell