And so another day starts! and as the days before them went, and
probably the days to come will go, I woke up, showered, got
dressed and grabbed a bite on my way out to work; and on my way
to my car, I passed "Koshk Garayed" for the millionth time,
passing the same "3rbeyt foul" and stood to ponder for a few secs
if I should grab a sandwich or not, as I usually do almost every
day, but today I stopped by the Koshk to buy some gum.
"Sba7 el Khier ya 7ag" I said to the man behind the stand, told
him what I needed and gave him the money and waited for the
change, while doing so I started to look at the newspapers and
magazine laying there; and like many times before I was about on
my way, when a title on one of the papers caught my interest; I
bought the paper, folded it and tucked in my laptop case, and was
on my way.
Soon enough I was at work (ya like that could happen!), signed in
and got to doing my thing and completely forgot about the paper
in my bag; midway through the day, as I was having my break, I
remembered the paper and so got it out, flapped it open and
"Eeh ya man, bet3ml eeh, eeh dah? GORNAL! howa 7ad lesa
bey2rahom", with a snaring smile a colleague said to me. I looked
at him, looked at the paper, looked at the people passing my
cubicle and their amused stares and then toke another look at the
paper. A flashback came to me, of my father sitting in his chair,
reading his paper on a Friday morning.
"La mafesh haga, kan fee mawdou3 3agbni mesh aktr", I replied!
Then I started thinking, was it really that weird, I understand
that in this digital time, everyone is just a click away from
seeing the news or reading it online, so it really doesn't make
sense to go back to the old ways of our ancestors, which got me
thinking, what happened to old good times when getting your info
on a specific topic had to wait till the print was out!. Now you
have 24/7 sec by sec coverage update of any major or minute
After all the looks, I came to a logical deduction; reading the
newspaper is conceived to be something not kool; better yet, what
happened to knowing the news at all, as things become more
repetitive, the human race is losing interest quickly in the news
the world has to offer; on the intentional scale, hearing about
another raid by the Israelis on unarmed Palestinian civilians, or
a new McCain lie has surfaced during his presidential campaign,
or that Lebanon has no government yet (they have one now!); all
these news have people feeling indifferent now, even on the local
state of matters, water is contaminated, bread is not edible,
milk is non consumable, or the meat anonymous cases (where you
don't know what type of animal your are eating!)
People started to turn away from news and started following
reality shows (the worst type of TV), where Dr. Phil is a big hit
(a dude from Texas), shows like the super nanny and American idol
garner worldwide audiences, shows that feed on human misery and
weakness, for the amusement of the viewers, are making
outstanding viewer ratings. Seem all that interest people now are
either sports, or tabloids.
For me, I start out by reading all headlines on the front page,
and I mean all, then from there I drill down to those that
interest me, then I hit the sports pages and that's it! Maybe
read a comic strip in another news site or an article in another,
it's always bits and pieces from many sources!
Yet when I had the paper in my hands, I went thoroughly through
the first page, glanced at the next 5 or 6 pages, read the sports
section, checked the commercials, knew what film plays at what
theater, read some of the misc. news, marked a couple of cars for
sale and read "7azk el youm" just for fun! All in a 30+ paper
that cost me 1.25 LE, yet were tons of fun.
This I think is generic to reading at large, as you now get to
have audio books, visual books, and online books, and while I am
totally up for it, because it's convenient in saving time, space
and is theoretically cheaper, I feel it is necessary every now
and then, to pick up the occasional material paper, magazine or
book, sit comfortably in a chair and start reading.
So let me ask this, have you read a newspaper lately?