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Member Name: shaneo632
Advantages: Unremittingly sleazy
Disadvantages: Also its disadvantage
I will admit that I don't really read newspapers anymore, what with the Internet, and I'll only really use them if they're lying around on the train. The Sun is the UK's widest-circulated newspaper, selling about 3 million papers a day, while being rather infamous for its reputation for being vacuous and not very intelligent, focusing more on tabloid-esque stories about celebrities rather than serious news.
It's rather trite to slam the Sun for not delivering real news and being a glorified magazine, because we all know this, but it's never going to change because it has an enduring popularity and sometimes that's all people want out of a read on the way to work. It's sleazy, but unpretentious, and is sometimes an amusing guilty pleasure, if just to laugh at it than with it. It is also very cheap, usually costing around 20p, which is ridiculous given how many pages there are and how long it'll take to get through.
Its reputation for sleaze isn't aided by their Page 3 section, which features a topless woman. This can make for some mildly awkward moments on a packed train, as you can't stay on this page too long or people will give you snied glances, even if you're innocently reading the articles on the opposite page! What amuses me is how the models try to chime in with a comment about the state of the country, and it's normally ridiculously asinine.
If you're after serious news, virtually ANY other paper (except for perhaps the dreadful Daily Mail) will suffice, but if you want something dishy, amusing, and not so serious, then it can be a fine tonic in the morning.
Summary: Fine depending on my mood