A pre-read for #CommsChat on 14 June, 2010.
It has been more than 160 days since I read a physical newspaper as part of my 2010 ‘newspaper-less’ experiment.
I haven’t posted an update about my progress for a while and the reason is simple: I have been surviving pretty well without them.
This will be severely tested from tomorrow when 2010 FIFA World Cup begins.
A match made in heaven
Newspapers and major events are the perfect couple.
- How many of you have kept a copy of a newspaper that features a story / picture about a major milestone in your lifetime?
- How many of you have a World Cup wall chart / fixture up in your house?
- How many of you will keep the obligatory middle-page spread poster of the team who wins the big prize on 11 July?
- How many of you plan to keep a copy of a newspaper from the day your first child is born?
I can’t see myself bookmarking a page from a website when (ok, if!) little Adam Jnr is born.
I can’t see myself keeping the mobile I used to Tweet from when Australia win this year’s World Cup (you’ll notice ‘if’ wasn’t used on this occasion).
Until I began this experiment I never really considered these things before.
And, to be honest, it has made me a little sad.
What else am I missing out on?
Without weeping too heavily, I was hoping you could have a think about what other little joys I am missing out on by not reading physical newspapers this year.
It’d be great to compile a list and maybe remind each other why they play a part in our lives we are fond of.
Anyone care to help?
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