The Last Newsstand

The Last Newsstand

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Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge to write a 200-word story based on a photo prompt. Thanks to Al Forbes (A Mixed Bag) for providing this week’s challenging photo.

 

 

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Photo Credit: Al Forbes

Sell any papers today, old man?

Nah… who buys newspapers anymore? The only thing they are good for is lining a bird cage.

As the boys took their jabs at Joe, owner of the last newsstand, he knew they were right. Print news was a modern-day dinosaur. Facebook delivered news faster and Twitter didn’t waste time with too many words. Joe represented a past they no longer cared to remember: a time when news was delivered on your doorstep, not your iPhone; when reporters investigated first instead of apologizing later.

Joe never gave up hope, however. One day, the readers would return. Until then, let the boys have their fun.

The jangle of cell phones interrupted today’s game.

“Another school shooting!”

“Says here, the shooter was ISIS!”

“No, they were Russians!”

Joe noticed one of the boys with a furrowed brow holding back.

This is it, thought Joe.

“Hey man, give me one of those newspapers.”

“It’s not going to tell you anything about that school shooting,” said Joe. “You’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s edition.”

“That’s OK. Maybe by then they will have the story straight.”

The Revolution had begun.

 

 

Facebook and Friendship

Facebook and Friendship

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I have been remise about posting lately. Blame it on poor time management. Between my job, my writing class, my genealogy research and general vegetation on the couch, there doesn’t seem to be much time to create interesting content that everyone wants to read (or comment on). One thing I can’t blame is social media. My Facebook page is not getting much action these days. Maybe it’s just me but I find I am just not interested in Facebook anymore. I started my Facebook page about five years ago as a way to keep in touch with people I didn’t see often and to reconnect with old friends. But what was once a virtual hangout has become nothing more than a constantly changing billboard of meme’s and pages for every cause and voice under the sun. My friends don’t post status anymore; they “share” what they have found.  Sort of like Pinterest but with more words. One friend shared with me today that Congress doesn’t care about my petty problems. I guess she felt I needed to know why my Internet speed will never get faster. Don’t get me wrong. Some of what they share great. I especially liked “Shit Country Women Say.”Another friend shared the worse pickup lines ever. I think I will skip that one. Read more