The Sunday Paper

I’m still thinking about my playthrough of Mass Effect 2 and at some point I’d like to do an epic wrap-up about it.  The game was phenomenal.  In the meantime, something for today:

We subscribe to the Sunday paper.  We have since we moved in together and Dawn already had a subscription.  There is nothing like a quiet sunday morning of going through the paper with a cup of coffee and a nice breakfast; it can be the restive moment you need to get ready for the week.  That said, we rarely read the paper, or at least rarely read it on Sunday.  We have the little one to thank for that.

So in our considering of what all we can get rid of to save money, time and our carbon footprint, the paper has come up a number of times.  At one point we got the local paper every day but could not live with the amount of newsprint we were accumulating and recycling every week.  We have stopped a number of magazine subscriptions and are purging our collections of magazines we felt worth keeping.  If we need them, most of their content is online and most likely we’ll never need them.  But getting rid of the paper is different.  Because we’re NYT subscribers we not only have access to their full archive but also their Adobe AIR based NYT Reader app that is actually quite pretty.  Of course there’s also the ad-supported iPhone app as well, should we need it in a tiny mobile format.  But both of these are missing something, or perhaps they’re adding too much?

I think the problem of trying to read the paper online is that its just too hyper. Sitting at the table with a cup of coffee, I can slowly make my way through each article, reading what I want and skimming the rest.  Dawn and I can discuss what we’re reading or point out something to look for.   We can do all this with our laptops, but we’ll also be doing a million other things, and we’ll most definitely not go further than the headlines on many articles we will choose to read if we’re looking at the paper version.  I’m not saying I read the paper end-to-end, but in its paper format, and in my Sunday state of mind, I can tolerate the slow progress through the medium.  On my laptop, I guarantee you that within a few moments of almost any article, some flashing light or link to click or url to type or status update to send will pull me away from the paper and likely never bring me back.

The printer paper model is obsolete and wasteful, and I’ll be glad to see it go, but I also can’t say what’s replacing it is better.

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