For a school assignment, my daughter Sierra was tasked with creating a coronavirus time capsule. A simple cardboard box holds tokens that a decade from now she’ll remove, each triggering a different memory of her 12-year-old self, separated from friends and family through stay-at-home orders and distance learning. In addition to plastic gloves, toilet paper, a face mask, and a handmade suncatcher a friend left outside the front door as a miss-you-friend surprise, she included a copy of Moonshine Ink’s April issue, its content illustrating a hint of life during the novel coronavirus.

Today’s news becomes tomorrow’s history. Every newspaper printed is its own time capsule, documenting events to be shared with generations to come. There’s something about holding a piece of history connecting you to a bygone era. It is much more personal than reading on a screen: no bright light glaring in your eyes, no ads popping up trying to entice you to buy something because Big Brother was tracking your every move.

In contrast, think about the feeling you get when you come across tangible memories in a dusty old shoebox in the back of your closet. Perhaps it’s a birth announcement, a love letter, a concert ticket stub. Seeing those items, holding them, sparks a feeling of nostalgia you won’t get peering at a screen. With touch, your mind wanders down memory lane, not to an Amazon shopping cart.

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Social-distancing has relegated us to increased screen time by way of virtual visits and meetings with family, friends, and business associates. Humans crave physical contact and right now we are being deprived of just that.

A 2019 Scientific American article cited a study in which it was found that “The sense of touch generates memories that are far more complex and long-lasting than previously thought.” Think about it, there are some people who have an easier time learning and retaining information from a hands-on approach. Things become more ingrained in their brain from that physical contact, touching and feeling. When you hold a newspaper in your hands, you are making a physical connection with the pages as you turn them, the words as you read them.

That’s not to say that other mediums are without merit. Moonshine Ink is committed to supporting the community and keeping residents informed with the latest information you need to know in print, online, and now on the airwaves. (Tune in to KTKE 101.5 weekdays for Moonshine Minutes.)

Journalism has always been a race to get the next big story out before the competition, but in this digital age, when at the click of a button you can post something for all the world to see instantly, there is much room for error. With insufficiently vetted reporting, misinformation runs rampant. When you open Moonshine Ink, you can be confident that our original reporting goes deeper than rewriting a submitted press release. Our reporters invest countless hours in the articles they write to ensure that we bring you, our readers, accurate and thorough reporting.

We can’t survive without you; that’s why we strive for excellence in journalism. We’re grateful for the generous support of our members as well as the continued backing of our advertisers, who’ve stuck with us even through these thin times because they believe in our mission and the effectiveness of marketing to dedicated readers. Each and every one of our tiny staff has a vested interest in the community because we live here too. We’re digging deep for answers and are committed to keeping you informed.