The great unread

I’ve just “finished” reading the Saturday Age. Or in translation – I’ve perused the news and ‘Insight’ sections. On a suburban Saturday with cleaning, washing & shopping to do, I think I’ve done well. My wife thinks I spent too long with my head in the paper.

Meanwhile, the second half of the paper lies neatly wrapped beside last Saturday’s (also unread). I dream of the gentleman’s life in which I might actually get to the comics and puzzles, and speculate on property, motoring or travel.

I doubt I’m alone. One can only wonder how many business, property and employment sections go from press to van to front lawn to table to recycle bin – unread and even unwrapped. Surely a publication with generally green sympathies and a substantial online presence can do better than this. What about a leaner print edition limited to core or most-read content? What about a mix of online expansion and sectional print subscriptions?

Such paper wastage in these times is unconscionable.

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The great unread — 1 Comment

  1. Sadly the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian often suffer similar fates, sections by the kilo lying still unread on Monday morning. But the magazines and the SMH Spectrum (arts etc) are always devoured first , just in case the weekend activities cut me short.

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