It is now 2017 in the lunisolar Chinese calendar as well. 2017, the year of the Rooster. Their new year has begun and will last until Feb 15, 2018. I hope the content of this newsletter excites you all. Our calendar year 2017 is on and a lot happened in the first weeks of the year. This newsletter is full of real news, a fact-checked by me, myself and I.

Unfortunately, you can no longer rely on the news really being true or not and for the news tiger, I am that is hard to accept. As I always mention introducing myself I am a person interested in news, where the news is brought to all of us online these days. And with the increasing speed of the internet, it sometimes reaches the receiver and reader even before it has been published, in other words leaking. The instant news is mostly short news messages. As I wrote earlier I am still a big fan of old-fashioned newspapers.

These newspapers have lost the advantage of bringing the news first long, long time ago, but for me, it is still the best source of understanding and interpreting the background of the news. Unfortunately, these newspapers are read by less and fewer people (no time to read and why pay for news if you can get it for free?) and therefore the price of that same newspaper has increased significantly over the last couple of years. The story with newspapers is like Moore’s law. Moore’s law is the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. As I wrote in 2014 my Saturday newspaper before the internet era contained 164 pages minimum. Today that same newspaper is less than 50 pages thick. So, Moore’s law in printed media is that the number of pages in a serious Saturday newspaper halves every two years. In contradiction, the price of that same newspaper followed the opposite of Moore’s law (Less’s law?): the price of a newspaper doubles almost every two years.

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