Tuesday, July 25, 2006

# Posted 7:15 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

SELF-PARODY: This is from Bob Schieffer's weekly editorial on Face The Nation:
With iPods and blogs and the Internet, there is a lot of serious talk about whether newspapers will survive. But the awful news of last week reminded me just how much we need them and not always for the obvious reasons.

Jill Abramson, who is the managing editor of The New York Times, says we use the Internet to search for specific information. But the joy of reading a newspaper comes from finding information we weren't looking for. Last week reminded me of that.

The main news was so grim I found myself turning to the newspapers for relief. Deep in the Times one day last week, surrounded by all the war news, I found an obituary of Robert Brooks, who founded the Hooter's restaurant chain. The writer said Hooters was known for spicy chicken wings and even spicier waitresses. Who could read that and not at least smile?...

And then there was the story I found on the business page that began: "Robie Livingstone has all but given up on having a positive underwear buying experience." How can you NOT read on when a story starts that way? Maybe it's just me, but I was in a better humor after reading those stories.
There are a lot of bad things you can say about the internet. A deficit of hooters and underwear is not one of them.
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Maybe because I'm right of center, butI find it insulting that the jerk finds good news in the obit of someone he doesn't even know.
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