After giving today’s discussion on newspapers more thought, I realized one thing that I, personally, do not like that newspapers do. A few of my classmates expressed that they liked how newspapers give a hierarchy of the news. Main/important stories are towards the front of the publication or at the top of the page, and less important stories are towards the back and can even be much smaller.
This is one reason I do not like newspapers. I don’t like “them” telling me what is important or what is not. Who are they to judge what is important for me to read? What if I do not want to know about the upcoming election or what team is going to the Superbowl? Different topics hold various levels of importance to individuals.
It may be the publication’s “job” to tell the news and put it in the order of greatest to least, or most important to least important, but I’d rather my news be more personable. I like having the ability to choose the news I consume. I see newspapers as being sort of another way to “control” us.
Just a thought …