Newspapers: there is hopeJuly 21, 2011 at 7:20 PM | Posted in Family Life | 10 Comments
Tags: Borders, Jack Mackey
I remember when Borders opened up in my town, many years ago. A woman wrote into the local paper wondering “why does our library look like a bookstore and our bookstore look like a library?” Borders, in those days, was that good.
The Borders manager then was a very thin bespectacled young fellow with long thin hair and a high voice; he was ideal. Magically he put books on the remainder table which were just the ones I would have put there for my easy purchase.
But then everything changed and they went commercial and began their long death rattle.
On the day that Borders gave up, I was sent this picture of two-year old Jack. His intent reading is touching but is it more than that? Is it a harbinger of a new, more enlightened generation?
A generation not tethered to electricity — one free to simply turn pages, free to throw the paper down in disgust, free to leave it on a bus seat by mistake and not have a heart attack?