Whenever I go home, I always look forward to spending Sunday mornings with my family. We sit in my cozy living room and sip coffee while chatting about virtually anything. My brother eagerly runs out to get the newspaper to bring to my dad who reads over the entire paper with care.
They say newspapers are dying but you wouldn’t know it by the way my parents value that Sunday morning paper. Between vast amounts of information and an endless supply of coupons, my family takes apart the local Post Standard much like Native Americans were said to use every piece of meat and bone from their prey.
All of this made me wonder how significant family lifestyle is on the media industry. On weekdays my mother irons her cloths over the Today show while my father watches Sports Center. At college, I wake up early every morning to catch Matt Laur’s latest special while my younger brother eats a breakfast of pizza and orange juice while catching the highlights from the Yankee game back home.
So I wonder; how much of an influence do our parents have over our choice of media outlets? Had I not grownup with my parents embracing these forms of media, would I? Would I even find the same information I value now important in my life?
Grant it, my mother still associates blogging with Facebook and my dad still needs help finding the “A” key on the keyboard. Still, I can’t help but wonder if my day-to-day choices on where I get my information are influenced by the values my parents place on particular media sources. After all, even at college I still make it out every Sunday to the local gas station in order to get that Sunday-morning newspaper to have a little piece of home.