The newspaper (and the New York Times says - all the news that is fit to print), is created by a set of people who decide what the big story of the day should be. Whether that is a nuclear disaster in Japan or Barack Obama winning in USA or yet another cricket match. And so on. Ultimately, I get to see news that is decided by a set of people as 'deemed' news. In these days of social media and the internet, that is passe. And remember, the internet has no size restriction, like pages nor an advertisement roadblock - and it has a memory. What better place for a news junkie? Ultimately, a newspaper is but a small segment of news that is available out there, out of which a smaller portion serves my interests. And other than that, it is a lot of 'paid news and advertisements' and page 3 junk that I can do without.
My twitter feed and my google reader largely serves my news puuposes and over the past couple of years, I have seen that newspapers are way behind this curve.
If you are looking at a newspaper for ideas, well, those ideas have long since made their appearance on social media, on blogs before finding their way to a newspaper.
And news, well, the newspapers production cycle lags behind even their websites. So, news and ideas are stale.
What is left? Marketing. Well, that is something I can do without.
Opinions and Editorials - well, frankly, the internet is a far better place to get editorials and opinions - direct and indirect. Over the last few years, quite a few good blogs and great twitter feeds have educated me far more than a newspaper. Two sites of interest, Centreright and Niticentral, among other things.
The last, and perhaps most important point, is that a lot of places on the internet, serve the news in a far more unbiased manner than newspapers purport to bring out. Newspapers and those who run it, over the past few years, have demonstrated that their interests lie in serving their advertisers and the political powers that be than in really, printing the truth. Of late there have been instances, where newspapers also refuse to call out lack of journalistic ethics in another publication or lack of ethics by a member of the journalist fraternity or refuse to cover misdeeds of relatives of powerful and influential politicians or advertisers. The list goes on and on...
And for all this, do I need a dead tree delivered at my doorstep each day? So, it is end of an era of newspapers delivered at my door...