In today’s world, newspapers have became a thing of the past for most millennials. Newspapers have been overtaken by online news articles, causing the newspaper business to decline in profits and even in some cases jobs. Throughout the entire article, Laura Finley states how detrimental the loss of newspapers would to the United States. Finley seems to allude to several different ideas within the text.
Furthermore, Finley stresses the two central ideas: the “digital divide” and the decline of newspaper sales and circulation. Online news has become the present trend for millennials. This is the majority of the reason why traditional newspaper business has declined in popularity. Laura Finley states in line thirteen that, ” Without a doubt, newspapers across the country newspapers are declining in circulation and profitability.” Throughout the paragraph she states several facts to prove the decline. Such as, between “October 2008” and “March 2009” the average sales decreased by seven-point-one percent. Also advertising profits decreased by a whopping thirty percent just in the beginning months of 2009.
In this paragraph Finley ,in line nineteen through twenty, also brings up that, “After one hundred and fifty years operating in the Denver, Colorado, area, the Rocky Mountain News shut down in February of 2009.” Finley even quoted Thomas Jefferson in line thirty through thirty-one, “Should I have to choose between government without newspapers or newspapers without the government, I would surely favor the newspapers.”Have you ever heard of the “digital divide”? The digital divide exist because not everyone has the privilege of having the Internet. Laura Finley introduces this idea by setting forth a study that states, “people of color and people of lower economic classes uses the Internet with less frequency”. Finley also delivers evidence to prove this “digital divide” by connecting it with the fact, “Approximately three quarters of Americans seventy-five or older are not online”, in line forty-three through forty-four. Due to the “digital divide” any crucial news, going on in the United States or even the world, would not reach those who do not have internet if newspapers seize to exist. Even though Laura Finley seems to advert to many ideas, she seems to stress that the decline in newspapers and the “digital divide” are very real dilemmas in the United States. Laura Finley stresses these central ideas because without newspapers America could be a wounded country.
This is because many people wouldn’t get the vital information about their country that they really need. From beginning to end, each of Finley’s ideas builds on top of each other bringing together an unquestionably convincing article that proves just how much we need newspapers.