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Physical newspapers are so, so passé.

And talk about efficient - I can get the latest news in minutes not hours. Oh and no more ink stained hands.  I save hundred   of dollars a year while being more and better informed.

I grew up in the Boston Massachusetts area reading The Globe, The Record American, The Herald, The Phoenix, The Patriot Ledger, The Enterprise, The Metro and many others. Some I would buy some I pickup and read while using the ‘T’.

The technical fact that many of those ( and other ) newspapers have been digitized is wonderful for me because they show up in response to Google searches. It is a lot like talking to a knowledgeable and friendly ghost that answers my questions.

Same thing with physical books – I write for and read mostly eBooks which helps me to reduce my carbon footprint and saving the planet. (No thanks required.)

When I tell people ‘I am NOT a Democrat I am a Progressive’ this subject is one of the many examples that I use.


Profile photo of Kevin Driscoll Kevin Driscoll
(Mostly) Vegetarian, Politically Progressive, Daily Runner, Spiritual, Helpful, Friendly, Kind, Warm Hearted and Forgiving. Resident of Braintree MA.

Characterizations: right on!, well written


  1. Thanx Kevin, Saving the planet is no small thing!

    I was an outlier when many were bemoaning the loss of so much hard copy news, waxing nostalgic about the feel of a book in hand, etc

    But I’m a former librarian with no such views. It’s the stuff inside, not the paper and paste.

  2. Suzy says:

    There is something to be said for the ease of finding and reading things online, but I still prefer a physical newspaper or book, even if passé. Glad to have your input on the subject. Welcome to Retrospect!

  3. It was fun to even hear the list of all those newspapers Boston used to have. Kind of like Goodnight Moon. Good night Record, Good night Herald, goodnight Patriot Ledger, etc.
    Uh oh, if I still enjoy actual physical books, I don’t get to consider myself a progressive in your world?
    Wonderful to see you sharing your memories and opinions here on Retrospect, Kevin!

  4. Laurie Levy says:

    Interesting take on the prompt. I like e-books but can’t kick my morning newspaper addiction (although I do get Washing Post online). Never thought about newspapers through this lens.

  5. Khati Hendry says:

    I wish I were able to transition as successfully to the screen from the page as you. I understand the benefits (especially carbon footprint), and am in a kind of hybrid status now. Maybe reading the newspaper and a paper book counts as a guilty pleasure.

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