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Good old newspapers

05:03 AM April 11, 2018

I was with my family last week at a fast-food chain in Pasig for breakfast while waiting for my youngest child’s graduation ceremony to start.

I asked the service crew if they still provide newspapers and I was handed a copy of the Inquirer.

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Broadsheets nowadays have downsized. Back in the day, it was thick as a regular textbook. But I guess with the internet and social media, who reads newspapers when everything you need or want to know is online? Go ask Google or Mark Zuckerberg.

I grew up with the newspaper boy tossing the paper or ringing the door to deliver the news of the day. Saturdays or Sundays were a treat because of the comics.

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Back then there was no cable or internet to know what’s trending or what has gone viral.

We would watch the evening news and wait for the following day’s newspaper. The family would watch the news as if it were a televised Mass.

The article by Christopher Ryan Maboloc, “The meaning of the good life” (4/5/18), is so spot-on; it happens in the workplace and at home. Trust me, people of doubt outnumber people with principle.

I loved the article by Gideon Lasco, too (“Pagkakanya-kanya,” 4/5/18). When was the last time you’ve seen that “Tapat mo, linis mo” slogan? I agree that we have to look out for one another regardless if that person is a schoolmate, coworker and what not. We only have one planet and one country. This is a challenge for every Filipino including myself.

I also loved the Young Blood article, “The modern Filipino devil,” by Ian Dominic M. Galero (4/5/18). With social media and the technology that we have right now, everyone is a critic, an expert and a boxing analyst. I do not have a social media
account and the more I see and read how people use the internet to abuse, bully or hurt someone online, the more I prefer to live off the grid.

It feels so good to be reading the papers again though. From my grandfather to my late dad, they taught me that reading the morning paper goes well with a cup of coffee, as long as it is not fake news.

TODD SEZ, toddsez420@gmail.com

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