The de­cline of news­pa­per readers in our na­tion

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL - -John A. Mick­los, Es­sex

The de­cline in the num­ber of news­pa­per sub­scribers and readers seems to be a barom­e­ter of the changes that con­tinue to take place in our Na­tion. That is in re­la­tion­ship to how Amer­i­cans re­ceive their news. One must ask, as news­pa­per readers con­tinue to de­cline, what ef­fect will this have on our Na­tion? For ex­am­ple: how do we as a peo­ple con­tinue to grasp the im­por­tance of keep­ing up with lo­cal, na­tional and world events with­out a va­ri­ety of free and in­de­pen­dent news­pa­pers; to com­pli­ment the new elec­tronic-age.

To­day in this the 21st cen­tury there are nu­mer­ous ways to re­ceive the news, for ex­am­ple: tele­vi­sion, ra­dio, the in­ter­net and even more. How­ever, the de­cline and demise of news­pa­pers, should be dis­cussed and eval­u­ated for the good of our repub­lic.

Fi­nally, this Na­tion can­not af­ford to see news­pa­per af­ter news­pa­per go into obliv­ion be­cause of a lack of readers. A na­tion with­out a va­ri­ety of free, lo­cal and in­de­pen­dent news­pa­pers can­not con­tinue to be a vi­brant, in­for­ma­tive and co­he­sive democ­racy. With­out the sup­port and free­dom of our press this Na­tion in time, could be vul­ner­a­ble to a non­demo­cratic ex­is­tence.

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