Friday, 12 March 2021

No more daily paper

 We've made what feels to me a momentous decision.

We've cancelled our subscription to The Age - they wanted to put the price of our admittedly cheap subscription package up by 25%, and we graciously declined.

Frankly, we thought the quality of the journalism had gone downhill over the last few years, and we decided it was time to go.

It seemed like a big decision, as we've been newspaper readers all our adult lives.

For me, it was the Scotsman (now a shadow of its former self) and then when I moved to England, the Guardian, although I'll admit a brief dalliance with the Independent when it first appeared.

Later on in Canberra, it was first of all the Australian before it became both rabidly right wing and silly, and then the SMH. We never really took to the Canberra Times despite it once having some decent writers.

And then, after we moved to Victoria, it was The Age.

Now, in these days of news aggregators like Microsoft News and Google News, and sites like the Guardian Australia and and the ABC, it feels like an expensive irrelevance.

Which is a pity. I've always felt that decent independent journalism was important and have been happy to pay for it. I just don't feel anymore what we were getting represents value for money ...

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