Where I live, the print media is terminal. The one local paper left is
full of ads and has few news articles, and those are poorly written. A
number of nationally known papers have moved to the internet and stopped
their paper editions.
And you are correct in noting that the online newspapers are containing
more and more ads that pop up over whatever you are reading, with an ad
that is often targeted directly at you. Many papers now want money to
access their online editions. One I read recently put a limit on how
many articles you can read (10 per month)without subscribing. They
usually do this with a cookie, so you can get around it by removing the
cookie, but I'm sure they will be working on something that is more
I read six or seven papers a day online, not that I buy what they are
writing, but it is interesting to see how their biases affect their
reporting of the same story. I couldn't afford to subscribe to all
those papers in the print edition, and they couldn't deliver them to me
as quickly as they can online, so there remain some advantages to using
the internet to keep up on the news.
The internet is changing, and is not the free ride we have been used to.
My feeling is that their selling ads is a way for them to stay in
business, and my having to work around those ads is a small price for me
to pay to get my news. One thing that irks me is that the ads change so
frequently; if I find a page with an article that I like and an ad that
interests me, if I read the article to the end (often on second and
third pages), then go back to the original page to read the ad, it will
no longer be there, having been replaced by another.
I thought usenet would die when all the ISPs stopped offering it, but it
has managed to survive as I think the internet does not often offer a
similar service. But I think also that the only people using usenet are
old-timers who are hanging on. Younger people do not even know it is
there. None of my kids, all adults now, knows about usenet.
I agree that usenet is mostly older people. But at least 90% of the
groups are dead. That's the reason that the surviving groups, such as
alt.home.repair have more off topic posts, such as this one, because the
appropriate groups are dead. I have asked young people if they use
"newsgroups" or "usenet". You're right, none of them know what that
means..... But they sure try to get people like me to join their (BARF)
Facebook!!!! No Thanks!
On 11/20/2012 11:57 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I saw the dangers to privacy, opportunity for fraud and the fact that
the social websites like Facebook would become data mines for government
and corporations wishing to take advantage of people willingly giving
out information on every aspect of their lives. It's astounding to me
that people put their whole lives online oblivious to the hazards. O_o
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