To what extent do the newspapers and magazines you read deal with what is trivial, rather than what is important?

YES: Many societal conditions encourage the disproportionate publication of newspapers and magazines that deal with trivial rather than important matters.

  1. Lifestyle newspapers and magazines provide a wealth of largely trivial information for readers, as they are mostly meant for leisure and light reading.

  2. In order to remain commercially viable in the internet age, many serious newspapers shed increasing amounts of column space for more digestible and trivial news or glossy advertising space featuring the latest consumer products.

  3. Some niche magazines deal with trivial matters, such as celebrity gossip and it is expected that their material would pander to such tastes as there is a ready market for them.

NO: Many societal conditions encourage the continued publication of newspapers and magazines that deal with important matters rather than trivial ones.

  1. Popular misconceptions aside, lifestyle newspapers and magazines provide readers with important insights into central aspects of human interactions and behavior, such as relationship articles or those featuring societal trends.

  2. Serious newspapers recognize the challenge posed to commercial viability in the internet age and have responded pro-actively to the trend by developingcomprehensive online editions that continue to provide important news.

  3. Many niche magazines such as Time and The Economist serve a more serious client base, featuring important and relevant material about societal issues.