All The News That's Print To Fit
I remember being about ten, discussing television with my best friend. The conversation started with shows we actually watched (CHiPs, That's Incredible, Barney Miller, etc...) and quickly progressed to shows that we'd never seen but sounded cool (Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, The Rockford Files, etc...). This one-upmanship continued until my friend played his trump card, claiming that he watched
If there is a defining moment when you are truly no longer a child it's the day you turn on the nightly news or pick up a newspaper with the specific purpose of learning the news. In that moment, you've realized there is more to the universe than your life and you've decided you should know about it.
The World Wide Web is such a unique vehicle for communication, traditional media publications and broadcasters have rushed to create a presence, with varied success.
So let's name names.
Newspapers have the benefit of strong similarities with the web in the way information is absorbed: you read it (multimedia bells and whistles excepted).
Denizens outside the Beltway may find other local papers more to their liking:
And then there's The Wall Street Journal. Just news. No comics, no horoscopes, no Ann LandersJust news. If you want credibility in the adult world, you read the Wall Street Journal.
A few other web newspapers of note:
Electronic newsstands feature many of the above sites plus many popular magasine sites. You know what you read. Go to these sites and take a look for yourself:
Television has leapt feet first into the web. Many offer multimedia application by way of downloadable pictures, Quicktime movies and RealAudio sound.
As has radio...
Whew. This dosen't even cover the abundance of local and community papers, university student newspapers, business and trade newspapers, etc. Obviously the web is a good way to learn about the world.
So the next time you're browsing the web, take a moment to read the news. You'll become more informed, save the cost of buying a paper and
The Adventures of WebSlinger is written by Kenny Neal.