Every morning I walk into my yard with the soft glow of orange plastic softly pulsating in my yard. For months now the Springfield News-Leader has been giving me their newspaper for free every single day. I don't subscribe and have no plans to start. Most of the time, I pick it up and throw it away. There's just nothing there I'm interested in. I don't even enjoy the opinions page anymore. It's all the same:
- Everyone should submit to the power of mainstream views of Christ (and the rebuttals)
- Gays are evil and deserve no rights (and the rebuttal)
- All must claim "Merry Christmas" or face the wrath of God (and the rebuttal)
- Muslims are all evil, bloodthirsty troglodytes (and the rebuttal)
It was interesting at first, but then the same old arguments from the same old people got too mundane for me. I want more. Forget the trolls who post there.
Right now I have an entire week's worth of newspapers cluttering my yard and I have no idea why. I get my news from the Internet and TV and no longer mess with the local newspaper. Sadly, it seems disconnected from me. And I don't think the editors and publishers care one bit what I think. I'm going to put on my shoes, pick up all those papers before some criminal thinks I'm on vacation, and throw them in the trash unread.
I guess I look at it as my own personal protest against an antiquated, disconnected community newspaper that no longer meets my needs as a community member. I'll just get my news elsewhere.To be honest, it makes me sad that I feel this way.