Okay… like most of us, I read the paper online as well as in print. It’s been sad to see stories I read on the net appear days later in the NY TIMES. It’s like a confession that print journalism is not just on the ropes but down for what is likely to be a permanent count.
That said, I am away from my NY TIMES and want to sing an ode to hard copies.
For one thing, there is the physical pleasure of holding the page and flipping back and forth at will. For another. there is the surround: what appears next to what on page one. Which ads appear in which context. And then there is the matter of attention. I don’t read every word in print but am far less likely to do so on the screen. Am I unusual? Miss you NY TIMES and look forward to having you back.