Newspapers are a form of media, but differ from TV and radio by being more portable and usually lighter with the exception of Sunday editions. As their name suggests, they are made of paper. However, only the most recent ones are actually new.
Newspapers date back to the days before printing, when monks laboriously copied them out by hand. In these days they weren't very popular, as they were expensive, often out of date, carried little information other than monastery gossip and the only comic strip was Garfield.
After super-spy Johannes Gutenberg stole the secret of printing from the gods of Olympus, newspapers became cheaper and quicker to produce. The good citizens of Germany could thus learn about local events within days of seeing them. The bad citizens of Germany were not so fortunate, and formed the Nazi party in retaliation.
Back in the era of steam locomotives and corsets, newspapers were sold by midgets in floppy caps who yelled "Extra! Extra!" for reasons that are lost to history. After the invention of movies, newspaper tended to spin rapidly, decapatating many innocent bystanders. For this reason, the sharp edges of newspapers became known as "head lines".
Modern Printing Methods
They don't use movable type printing presses any more, they all sorts of freaked out technological doodads, you can take my word for that. Like, I saw this movie once, where this scientist, right, turned people into pixelated newsprint photos with a ray. It was awesome.
- The Cairo Chronicle was a newspapyrus first instituted in 1704 BC under the reign of Tar-En-Khput II of Egypt. It was remarkable in many different ways; it was able to fulfil the ideal for newspapers in being impartial, truthful, fair and well-written. No other paper in history has achieved this.
- The Sun ( comic ) - a British tabloid founded when News Corp Chairman Gary Coleman purchased the English language edition of Pravda and moved it to London.
- The Washington Post - famous for scooping important government scandals about which no one cares.
- The Illawarah Mercury - Based in Newcastle, Australia, the Mercury has the largest circulation of any newspaper in the known world, or Mars.
- Pravda - gives the truth that those filthy decadent capitalist newspapers don't dare.
- Hentai Times - also known as the Hentimes, this Tokyo based newspaper blew the lid on the Mothra scandal of 1973 and is still going strong.
Criticism of Newspapers
Many people do not like newspapers, saying that the medium produces an unacceptably large number of paper cuts and ink-smudged fingers.
Newspapers usually respond to these criticisms by attacking the critics, blackening and cutting their names forever. Thus, we have a win-win situation.
Newspapers are not regarded as credible news sources.
Uses of newspapers
- Lining bird cages.
- Making hats to keep the sun out.
- Making boats for very small people.
- Making into a packet to hold hot fish and chips ( as distinct from hot metal ).
- Roll up and swat flies ( real flies, not baseballs ).
- If you are very bored - reading.