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Journal writing project: In this day-and-age


By Anna Christoph

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

In this day-and-age, people are so busy moving, just going and going until they make themselves sick. This isn’t much of a surprise, considering technology is basically forcing people to keep looking forward with a new iPhone or tablet every other month. This summer, I was lucky enough to attend the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC 2013), and it really made me take a second look at things. For example, I was looking for my news on the internet or the television, I barely gave the newspaper a second thought until it was brought to my attention that most people did the exact same thing.

Unfortunately, this problem not only affects newspapers, it affects literature, art, and even the performing arts! These are things that used to blossom, they used to be parts of everyday life. Back in the early 1900s, it was almost customary to read a newspaper, and it was just the coolest thing to see a play with real-life actors, maybe even a live performing orchestra. These days, newspapers are ignored while you scroll through the upcoming events on your phone, and forget about the theatre! Live performances can be recorded, and put up on the internet while the high school band and choir are all you really feel compelled to see.

We should just stop and take a second to enjoy the small things. At least one newspaper is available to you, take the chance to read it. In our small community, someone you know is bound to be in there, you might even be in there!

Some people reading this might be like, “This little kid is being preachy, she’s trying to tell me that my phone is evil!” I’m not trying to be preachy, I’m just stating my opinion, and hopefully I haven’t offended anyone by doing so. Also, I’m not little, I’m just fine, and furthermore, no, your phone is not evil (unless it’s as bad as my phone, then it just might be). All I’m trying to say is that we shouldn’t rely on our phones for everything. Why waste data when there’s a perfectly good and neatly folded newspaper near by?

Anna Christoph is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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