SINGAPORE - I could not agree more with Dr. V Subramaniam ("Teachers should read newspapers"; last Thursday).
When I was a student taking the General Paper subject, the newspaper was considered a must-read.
But times have changed. The circulation of printed newspapers is on the decline, which is inevitable in the digital age. Newspapers are vying for the attention of a younger, tech-savvy generation that constantly struggles with "lack of time".
It is said that a subscription copy of the newspaper is "lost" when the eldest in the family passes away.
Newspaper companies worldwide have put in much effort to curb this trend, and many have failed and brought down their shutters.
I belong to the older generation and consider the newspaper a vital part of my daily reading diet.
Newspapers tell me what is happening around the world. They expose me to news I may not have wanted to read in the first place. But on reading them, I become more informed and can discuss different issues at social gatherings.
Indeed, newspapers are too cheap a daily investment to be ignored.
This article was first published on MONTH DAY, 2014.
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