Why I Read Newspapers
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  • 1. Why do I prefer getting my news from newspapers? That is analogous to why Iprefer writing to talking. When I write, you can’t interrupt me. You can disagreewith me. You simply cannot interrupt me.“No one agrees with someone else’s opinion, only his own opinion expressed bysomeone else.” – My Dad.You can stop reading what I wrote. You can tear up the paper, you can screamat the screen, you can even make a peanut butter and banana sandwich andshoot the computer, but you can’t interrupt me.In addition to your disagreeing with me, and the aforementioned options forreacting to what I wrote, you can rise up in opposition. You can write anopposing piece or speak out in forums that offer the option.Now, you have two options.1. You can express an opposing view.2. You can express your opposition to my view.The latter, however, leaves your audience at a bit of a loss without their beingable to read what I wrote. You must reference what I said. If you are preachingto the choir, it doesn’t matter. However, if you are addressing people with asincere interest in the topic, they will read what I wrote. At this point, you losedominance over the audience. Your audience can read my monograph withoutinterruption, form their own opinions, and draw their own conclusions. They mayagree with you, they may agree with me. (Put your stick down. They can’t seeyou and they can’t hear you.)Such is the way it is when I read the newspaper. I can read a columnist. I canread another. I can read two newspapers for opposing views. I can read theeditorial, I can read an op-ed, and I can read the letters to the editor. I can formmy own opinions. I can form my own opinions in quiet contemplation. Thisoption is seldom available when TV News becomes entertainment.When those with opposing views appear on television, they can express theiropinions in turn, express them simultaneously, tell half-truths, or engage inevasions or misrepresentations. That is not news. That is not debate. That ispure theatre. The theatre of the perturbed.Any questions? Well: “Don’t bother asking me. You don’t want to hear myopinion; you want to hear your opinion.” From The Quotations of Slim Fairview.Regards,
  • 2. Slimslimfairview@yahoo.comCopyright © 2011 Slim Fairview