Why I Love Newspapers
For the second time in a week (see here and here) I’ve blogged about something from the Philadelphia Inquirer. You may or may not know that the Inquirer recently went into bankruptcy proceedings. I don’t know what I would do without the Inquirer to read everyday. Blogging is great but it simply cannot replace, in my opinion, regular newspaper reporting. Somewhat tangentially related to that: I recently renewed my subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education. I was given the option to receive it, for a somewhat lesser price, as only an electronic edition. It completely replicates the print edition in look and content. But I find it much more difficult and less satisfying to read, and I also find that I read it differently. When the print edition arrived I generally read it from cover to cover. I would take it with me anywhere I went in the house, at the breakfast table with a cup of coffee, lying in bed in the evening, sitting on the couch in front of the t.v. Now, it is true you can drag a laptop around with you to all of those places, too. But it is just not the same experience to read something on a screen, as to turn the pages back and forth. Try sitting on the couch in front of the t.v. with a cat on your lap and holding a laptop. Much easier to hold a newspaper. I don’t read as much of the paper as I used to; I skim more, and ignore more. In the print edition, now and then I used to scribble commentary down next to an article, or tear out a piece I wanted to hold onto for later reference or blogging. I suppose you could print out something for the same purpose. But it really isn’t the same. Moreover, the print edition sitting there on my coffee table used to be a reminder to me that I needed and wanted to read it. Now I receive an email once a week that the “paper” has arrived and it is far too easy to acknowledge it and then ignore it the rest of the week. I suppose it’s better for the environment but it’s definitely not better for my newspaper reading experience.