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Anatoly

Yes, with the Internet the world is just getting smaller. I do not read newspapers at all. Why we should waste tons of paper to discuss latest news, when it’s possible to view them on screen in a few seconds? A least, that’s my job – to read, to analyze, to write. Internet is a really very useful thing, when you need to find some new information or new opinion. But paper is paper. We have a proverb in Russian, which I do not know any equivalent in English. “Chto napisano perom, ne vyrubish toporom”. Means: what is written with the feather, couldn’t be destroyed with the axe.
Personally I like well decided, honest and conservative approach to the modern technology. That’s not so easy to find, Jim.

Jim

Hi Anatoly:

Good to hear from you!

And I'll have to take your word on that Russian proverb - hope you didn't swear at us!

Maybe the closest thing we have to that proverb in English is, "The pen is mightier than the sword"?

The one thing that newspapers do that the Internet (so far anyway) cannot do (or generally does not do) is: surprise me.

On the Internet, we usually find only what we are looking for. Most often, we find arguments that support viewpoints we already hold.

In newspapers, every time I turn the page I might see a story I would never have discovered unless I turned that very page.

Or an argument that conflicts with what I believe.

I don't think most Internet surfers are that random.

Which is why I devour newspapers, especially when I'm on the road.

There is also the issue of attention span. Even in automotive journalism, there is the feeling that web-based articles have to be short, and almost necessarily, shallow in their coverage. Now, maybe not too many people read longer print articles either, but at least they are there if you choose to go into more depth.

For the near future anyway, I believe the two media will co-exist.

Just to be on the safe side, I do both!

Cheers,

Jim Kenzie

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