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Nowadays, with all my electronic media gadgets, I rarely buy a newspaper, but when I do I often remove and leave behind the irrelevant sections of the newspaper pages I don't want. Still ending up with a lot of stuff I don't want to see in my newspaper copy.
How about having a printing facility at
newsagents where you can purchase your personal copy of X Times, X Herald, X Tribune or what ever name you want for your paper. Replace the X with your name, your pet's name or whatever name you wish.
To reduce the time for waiting the printing process to finish your copy you could pre-purchase your copy by using text message or the Internet to purchase your copy.
By ordering via the Internet you could be your own editor and say what pages or advertising you want.
You could compile the news and articles from different sources. Helsingin Sanomat, Sydney Morning Herald and some computer magazine in my case. And I miss those pictorial crosswords from Finland, my old country. Also getting some random stories based on your interests.
You could opt out having ads at all but then you would pay more as ads do subsidize the price of newspaper.
Reducing usage of paper would be substantial and lots of trees would be saved.
In Philip K. Dick's Ubiq [jutta, Oct 14 2007]
[xenzag, Oct 14 2007]
Evolving Personalized Information Construct [xenzag, Oct 14 2007]
||A lot of science-fiction stories have these; I've linked to the technovelgy entry, which goes back to 1961.
||The most recent piece of fiction that I personally came across it in used the varying selections as a bit of a plot point - two people both buy custom papers, and one of them has access to, and is interested in, information that's a lot deeper than the other, suggesting that she's of higher status than is known at that point. (Does that sound familiar to anyone? Embarassingly, I don't remember author, title, or rest of the plot.)
||At first, I was going to ask how do you edit/compile something, if you don't know what the content is? - but having thought about it, there are some bits that I enjoy from various papers, that would be nice to bring together in a single spread.
||I think this would work nicely online. A page that you could configure to aggregate various news pages, rss feeds and blogs and shove it all into a single, long, scrollable page. I'm quite sure there would be legal as well as technical issues with this.