Vail Daily letter: Give it more thought
Avon, CO Colorado
Richard Carnes’ recent article detailing his decision to cancel his Denver Post subscription was, to me, truly baffling.
First, I don’t believe it qualified as a newsworthy subject matter when there is clearly a lot going on in our town, and our world, to be reported and commented on. Worse, however, was that a purported newsman found it appropriate to explain why newspapers are unnecessary. What’s next, a chef writing a guest editorial about why eating at home is better than going to a restaurant?
Yes, I am aware that I could go online and find all the news I need much quicker and more conveniently than having to pick up an actual printed document and read it. However, I find it more satisfying to page through newsprint than stare into my computer monitor.
I am sorry that Carnes doesn’t agree (except when it comes to the paper that he is conveniently employed by). I am sorry because he is encouraging a phenomenon that has already caused the bankruptcy of many long-standing news publications, including, but certainly not limited to, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Los Angeles Times. The demise of the Rocky Mountain News, Denver’s oldest newspaper, hits closest to home.
Modern technology has killed the printed word. Yes, there is espn.com and cnn.com and too many blogs to mention, but am I wrong that there is something to cherish in the good, old-fashioned paper?
In 2008, the average U.S. newspaper share price fell by 83 percent. I am not saying that the Denver Post is going under any time soon, but my point is that the wounded newspaper industry is in enough trouble without the eager assistance from someone who is employed by said industry. Why is Richard Carnes beating the proverbial dead horse? Maybe for the same reason he thinks Pearls Before Swine is funny. I don’t know.
Either way, all I am asking is for you, Richard, to put a little more thought into your articles. You are lucky enough to get to voice your opinions weekly to our entire community. Why not use that voice for something a little more constructive or meaningful?
In a time when, due to the bankruptcies and failures I have mentioned, fewer and fewer are afforded the opportunity to speak not through cyberspace but through tangible print, please do your part to perpetuate meaningful dialogue as long as the opportunity exists to you.
P.S. I admit that I submitted this through vaildaily.com, but it was the only way to do so in a timely manner.