Newspapers vers. technology

It brings a 'feel good' tingling; the ability to go to your favorite cafe and hunt down a newspaper to allow you the time to consume your morning coffee with conviction, after all, coffee is the most important meal of the day and most newspapers are long enough for two coffees so depending on the quality of the news we know that;
1) we wont be able to read it all.....or
2) its going to be a two coffee morning.

There is nothing better that getting in early and being the first to unravel the morning news, fresh, un-creased, un-handled, like it is a bonus find for the morning, to have the choice of which headline takes your fancy....but then again, its really our die hard morning goers that will be in early enough to compete with others for this privilege, people like myself wander through at a very sane civilized time of 9.30 -10ish and by then our morning read is in dissoray, bend backwards, pull outs missing and the tv guide gone.....
still...better some newspaper than none?
It is extremely alarming to know that there is a major overhaul of newspapers in the world, and to lead by example, the US have shed a 5th of their journos in the fact that papers are being squeezed by the technology buzz...so profits are down and so is literacy apparently. Then again, who really wants to read about how depressed the US is anyway? Rupert Murdoch once described the profits flowing from his stable of newspapers as "rivers of gold." But, said Murdoch several years later, "sometimes rivers dry up".

As you sit in the cafe, quietly consuming your coffee, have a look around and watch the technology creep across the tables, watch the laptops, notebooks,kindles,iPhones and the like pop up on the tables, so deep is this river of technology that you really never get anywhere reading one article, you just bounce from one eye catching link to the other, definitely wont get through the news on one coffee alone...

The future of cafes is thus; tables will be built for two or four people, there will be screens built in (which have so many user friendly issues it makes my head spin), they will pop up or tilt allowing you to get the best angle to read, wifi codes will be released upon purchase of food or drink, there will be a time frame/money spend calculation in which you can sit there reading your 'computer screen', and there will be another table of two where the newspapers & magazines used to sit.
Customers will walk in to the silence that technology brings, only the clicking of the keyboard, hammer of the coffee machine will be heard as conversation halts.
Look out world....
Lets keep our conversation alive, lets say hello to strangers, lets welcome new people into our lives, ask eachother how their day is, become involved because its up to us to keep the conversation going.
till next week.......