The most in­ter­est­ing of times

The Oban Times - - News - MARTIN LAING mlaing@oban­

DON’T we live in amaz­ingly in­ter­est­ing times? Well, we at

The Oban Times cer­tainly do. As a self- con­fessed old-fash­ioned Lud­dite of a jour­nal­ist who started in this busi­ness back in the mists of the 1970s – I know, I look older – I’ve seen some as­ton­ish­ing changes.

My early days were in news­pa­pers that were made us­ing ‘hot me­tal’, when the pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties were huge, noisy, labour-in­ten­sive fac­to­ries and when news­rooms were smoke­filled, male- dom­i­nated ar­eas blighted by the ca­coph­ony of count­less type­writ­ers be­ing ham­mered.

Then came the con­vul­sions that her­alded the ar­rival of com­put­ers. In­dus­trial dis­putes wracked news­pa­pers across the whole of Bri­tain as jobs were shed and mod­ern pro­cesses were in­tro­duced.

And the tech­nol­ogy has just gone on de­vel­op­ing, bound­ing ahead in terms of how we gather and present the news to­day across a num­ber of platforms.

It is only in very re­cent times that we have seen the ad­vent of the amaz­ing tool that is so­cial me­dia, and how it has come to com­mand peo­ple’s lives.

And now – lit­er­ally to­day, Fe­bru­ary 23 – we have our lat­est devel­op­ment: the new Oban Times web­site.

Some of you may be a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed that the ma­jor­ity of our con­tent is be­hind a ‘pay­wall’ but we be­lieve it rep­re­sents fan­tas­tic value for money as sub­scrip­tions are avail­able for as lit­tle as 56p per week.

The sim­ple truth is that what we do costs money and we can­not give it away for free.

That bar­gain price, by the way, in­cludes seven- day ac­cess to the lat­est news via the web­site, and users also have ac­cess to a full dig­i­tal ver­sion of the news­pa­per ev­ery Thurs­day. The site is also fully mo­bile re­spon­sive.

Take a mo­ment to con­sider this prop­erly. What else can you buy for 56p a week? A packet of crisps? A small packet of sweets?

Come on, even our crit­ics must ad­mit that 56p is crack­ing value for money. To make the most of our great new web­site, just go to www.oban­

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