Newsstand and Learning
Newsstand, the most hated stock Apple app ever. Almost everyone wants to be able to delete it, or at the very least hide it. Apple took the option to put it in a folder away and will be giving it back in iOS 7. In the meantime, people have resorted to glitches in iOS that allowed it to be hidden in a folder and others have jailbroken their iDevices and installed the Cydia tweak that hides Newsstand from the device. I was one of those people myself. I had no reason to have Newsstand, I have some magazine subscriptions that I donít even want, but thatís the price I pay for being tired and not paying attention to what I was being told on the phone. A costly mistake.
Now though, I follow my mobile tech news through the sites of Mobile Nations and tune in to the podcasts, or at least catch them later. Through this I was introduced to a website called The Loop Insight. A fun newsfeed of sorts, a collection of news stories with brief comments by the person who linked it. But some people wanted more than comments, they wanted full write ups to read. And after some time, The Loop Magazine was born. Again, a collection of stories that are interesting, many involved about mobile tech and just as many that are just great stories and great insight.
The Loop Magazine is available in Newsstand as a subscription. I wasnít able to get it at first, but shortly after issue two was released I was able to. I subscribed to the magazine and I feel itís well worth the money. Itís shorter than a regular magazine and without any of the ads. All there are, are great stories. And itís a cheap subscription as well, just a measly two dollars a month. No other payment options of insane proportions, just two dollars a month and it can be cancelled at any time. What other magazine lets you do that?
So my question now is not why doesnít Apple let you delete Newsstand, itís now are there any other good magazines available? Or even why no one has bothered to see if there are any magazines that are interesting to them. If other magazines are as easy to read as The Loop Magazine, itís not a problem to read them on your iPhone and Iím sure itís even better on iPad. So why is Newsstand so hated? I think itís not really Newsstand thatís hated, I think reading has become a hated part of life.
Todayís society is all about video and auditory information. People donít want to read books, they want to watch TV shows or movies about those books, or listen to them instead. People donít want to read anymore. This is a problem, so much information can be gained by reading. I read all the time, books, blogs, reviews, whatever, you name it. I read books because the world created in my mind is far more real than the TV shows or movies and is more complete than just listening to it. I know my mother and sister are the same as me when reading, we more or less watch the books happening than we read them.
Reading shouldnít be a chore, it shouldnít be a punishment, it should be fun and enjoyable. I think the world of technology has come to a point where information is so readily visible that people are losing the ability to create that world. So whatís great about Newsstand is that it canít be deleted. Itís forces people to look at it. Maybe people shouldnít be asking why it canít be deleted and asking why they arenít reading. Thereís a world of unimaginable and limitless greatness hiding behind those words. If you donít like reading you should be trying to figure out what is interesting enough for you to read.
Amazon and Apple have made it quite easy to find things to read. You have Kindle and iBooks now. Electronic books that automatically save your place. Believe it or not, there are also still bookstores and they sell physical books still. I just donít understand what is so horrible about adventure and knowledge that people are afraid of it. They are afraid to seek it out, they are afraid to have an adventure in their minds that they canít possibly have in real life. They are afraid to seek out knowledge, they are afraid of learning. One thing I realized a while ago is that conversation is all about learning. If you have nothing to learn from someone, you donít talk to them. There is no conversation that isnít about information and you learning it. Even if itís only learning about how someoneís day went. Itís all about learning. When did people become afraid to take it a step further?
So the question now is, after youíve spent your time reading this, will you seek out information you deem interesting and learn or will you continue to wait until someone else has done the work for you? Learning is fun, if youíre not learning then youíre dead or may as well be. A mind not learning is a dead mind and everyoneís opinions and views are different so donít take theirs as wisdom and the ultimate truth; go and make your own opinions. Learn, itís not as bad as it sounds.