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Some time ago a piece of advice came to me, which said that in writing (actually it referred to IELTS tests), one should use long and short sentences interchangeably. I personally doubt the if it applies universally. Can anyone please give your opinion?
By the way, if you could be so kind, how would you comment this paragraph written by me, packed of complex sentences?

Of course, speaking of the function of newspaper, one is apt to comment that it serves as a vital source to inform people of what is happening in the local area, in the nation, and in the world. And obviously in contemporary times, when asked to make comparison between the newspaper and the television, one might stress the feature of newspaper that beyond the bare function as a information transmitter, it provides meanwhile, very importantly, the unique perspectives as far as the editors are concerned, which compensates its insufficiency in terms of visualisation since, for the most part, instant news on television is illustrated in an objective way, though a pre-selection may take place beforehand. And to support one's opinion further, our friend shall exploit exactly the gambit the essay made above, and supply with the examples in mid-east countries or south Africa, to exemplify that the merit of journalists has diminished not a single bit in the modern society.
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(took so long composing my response that I missed the whole conversation Emotion: embarrassed )
Indeed I cannot appreciate your elaboration more. Your analytical perspective is really helpful.
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I look forward to seeing your bonsai sentences, even while in progress (nuggets and comments).

It's much easier to rephrase a sentence nugget by nugget rather than all at once.
SoSaysSunnyI look forward to seeing your bonsai sentences, even while in progress (nuggets and comments).
You mean, my former version would not do?
(This is the revised version after Mister Micawber)
The function of a newspaper is to inform people of what is happening. Compared to television, it can provide editors’ perspectives to compensate for its insufficiency in visualisation. Furthermore, by the aforementioned examples, we see that the merit of journalism has not diminished.
SoSaysSunnyI look forward to seeing your bonsai sentences, even while in progress (nuggets and comments).
I have been pruning my essay after your advice, or redrafting, to be honest. Here is an example of my first paragraph (I think possibly the whole essay is a bit long):

(Original)
(Introduction to the topic) Recently I was asked about the function of newspaper. The question, though intended to be a simple one, made me fall into an immediate silence, and struggle with it even before sleep.

(Further explanation of the opposite opinion) Incidentally I have been reading Orwell's 'The Prevention of Literature', and from his pity on the restricted freedom of journalists, I am reminded of the power of a free voice again, which has long been assumed, at least traditionally, to be a powerful as well as essential weapon possessed by a reporter, against cruelty, unfairness, government dysfunctions, and even a trend for a police state or a totalitarian country. It can be observed, if one investigate closely those journalists in Iraq or Afghanistan who believe that the value of ultimate truth far outweighs the potential risks to their safety, that conveying the undistorted truth to the public is still realised and practised by many newspapers.

(Thesis statement) Alas in an unnoticable way, we have drifted, from the age when it makes sense to talk of the sense of newspaper, to an era in which the distinguishable role of newspaper has blurred, merged with the vast amounts of social media given birth by the ever advancing technology.

(Revised)
(Introduction to the topic) Recently, I was asked about the function of the newspaper. The question, though intended to be simple, made me fall into an immediate silence: if my answer is “to transmit information”, how am I going to explain the ultimate point of doing so?

(Further explanation of the opposite opinion) It seems reasonable to say that the newspaper informs in order to promote society development.

(Thesis statement) However, nowadays this role has been blurred, and we have drifted from the age of journalism, to an era crowded by a vast amount of social media.
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Wow. Your essay is much smoother!

Some comments:

whisperingRecently, I was asked about the function of the newspaper.
This sentence is grammatically correct. As the first sentence in an essay, however, I recommend you move recently into the sentence. Doing this gets to the action (verb) before taking a pause (comma):

I was recently asked about the function of the newspaper.
Later in the essay you contrast the role of newspapers today versus the past. You may want to introduce that idea here.

Was your friend's question something like this?

What's the point of newspapers today?
We have so many news sources, what makes newspapers special (or different, or relevant)?
What role do they play in today's world?
If so, consider this option:

I was recently asked about the function of newspapers in today's media-saturated world.
SoSaysSunnyI was recently asked about the function of newspapers in today's media-saturated world.
I see. I gather in this way I could bring up the topic more naturally. Thanks very much! (I love the use of saturated here.)
whispering SoSaysSunnyI was recently asked about the function of newspapers in today's media-saturated world.I see. I gather in this way I could bring up the topic more naturally. Thanks very much! (I love the use of saturated here.)
I can't take credit for that word/phrase. I take care of my mom and she has the news on all day. That phrase is something I often hear news commentators say, usually while complaining about the lack of editorial control over online news sources.

So beware using it very often because it's on the verge of becoming a cliché (an overused phrase/saying).
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OK. Thanks for your warning.