Opinion'i' is just what the UK needed!
      – Thelevellers, 2010-10-27 at 16:01:23   (6 comments)

On 2010-10-27 at 16:04:40, Thelevellers wrote...
This is 'i', the new daily paper from the Independant, for those that don;t know. I grabbed a copy yesterday because I realised it's as cheap (if not cheaper?) as The Sun, so why not?! 20p for a non-right wing paper?! Shocker. Haven't actually had time to read much of it yet, but so far so good. Certainly a whole lot better than any other newspaper in that price bracket! The reason for bothering to post this though, was because someone at work who usually gets The Sun or The Daily Mail had it today, and said 'It's not bad, tells you the news, without a right wing bias'. I had somewhat foolishly assumed he liked the tabloids he usually gets, but now realise that actually it's more likely he just doesn't want to spend over £1 a day on a better paper.
On 2010-10-28 at 13:49:51, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I've never read newspapers. The problem with them isn't so much one of bias, it's just irrelevance. And even when a story is truly relevant, it's unlikely to give you the whole picture (a subtle form of bias). When I feel the need to see what's happening, I might look at the front page of Wikipedia for notable events. Or I might look at Google News to see what's on top. Anything else that people deem important gets to me by way of casual conversation or by being popular on social bookmarking sites.
On 2010-10-28 at 15:33:54, Thelevellers wrote...
My problem is purely time based. I love reading the long versions of stories - my ex used to complain at me cause I didn't speed read by just checking the headline and first paragraph or two, but I like the detail. I still haven't finished the i I bought two days ago, shockingly, which says it all about how much time I spend reading. Is still being interesting. Also, I dislike reading long articles online, I can do it, but only one at a time. I enjoy sitting and reading the paper, I just keep finding I don't make enough time for it...
On 2010-10-28 at 15:35:04, Thelevellers wrote...
That said, a large part of my point was that i might do a good job of kicking the super biased, full of them selves tabloids up the arse, and showing that people only read them cause they're cheap. You never know, they might actually find they have to improve now. Doubt it though, to be honest :(
On 2010-10-31 at 23:23:36, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Hmm, I wonder how much newspapers suffer from the need to be sold cheaply and quickly? There's definitely a case for arguing that they're designed to grab your attention rather than actually providing useful information.
On 2010-11-03 at 20:01:16, Thelevellers wrote...
It depend which papers you look at I think! The 'quality' papers (Times, Guardian, Independent, et al) aren't so much, they are aimed at people who want the quality of content, for the extra price. The tabloids however are all about selling fast - most shocking headline wins, it seems! Of course, on top of that you have the Murdoch effect on The Sun to boot - that can sell at a loss because the rest of his empire makes enough to support it. That factor is what really angers me, not just the blatant editorial oversight he has, but the fact he uses the money from other sources to ensure he doesn't have to care about content.