Thursday, May 16, 2013

Speech from "Bulldog"

Mary German
There used to be something called a newspaper. Not just a brand name on a web site, but actual paper with ink on it. Ink that would stain your fingers and newspapers had weight and they landed on your front porch with a “Thump!” And I’ll bet your kids have never touched one. You never read them the funny papers sitting on the couch. You probably don’t have the time to “waste” reading silly colored panels to your children who were holding their IPhones in their hands, waiting for you to shut up so they could to get the important news…their Junior High friends and pictures of their friends and little damned else in a day that will probably change their lives because some law was passed, or some great man was shot, but they didn’t care and they didn’t notice.

Thousands of us in the newspaper business reported and researched and laid it out and printed it and delivered it and today, all you need is one man on a one computer. And the computer does all the work, corrects the spelling, lays out the type and the pictures and then delivers it all with one push of a button. And the irony is that’s the only way it might ever reach those children with their noses locked on their electronic device. 

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