It’s been really sad to see how the quality of the Mercury News has deteriorated . . . from just a few years ago. All newspapers have taken a beating from competing media like the Internet. And somehow like all those Wall Street types who didn’t ‘see the current financial meltdown coming’, I didn’t expect that my local newspaper would become so crappy. So many good columnists gone. The quality control is terrible, there’s lots of typos.
I spent a really long time thinking seriously about canceling my Merc subscription, and getting the New York Times instead. (I don’t know why it was so hard for me to make a decision.) I finally started my NYT subscription a couple weeks ago, but I haven’t had the heart to cancel the Merc yet. Part of me doens’t want to miss out on the little bit of local news/items that’s useful. Part of me considers it a charitable subsidy for a for-profit. The optimist in me thinks maybe, just maybe, they’ll improve over time and be as good as they used to be! Plus Joe reads the sports section; NYT lacks coverage for California sports.
My recycling bin gets full much quicker with two daily papers. I find myself waking up earlier to have more time to read two newspapers. So I actually like the days I ride transit, it gives me time to really pore through cover to cover. I’m still seeing how this will work out. Maybe I’ll wean myself off the Merc and administer the coup de grace. . .
I need my daily news fix. I need to have a hard copy newspaper around. I just don’t like reading news online. I don’t watch TV news at all.
Having a full copy of the daily paper in my hand allows me to skim items of interest, and introduce me to things I wou’dn’t know to go look for in online sources. I’m rather old-fashioned and reactionary that way I guess.