Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Extra, Extra?

It's getting to be a regular occurrence for me, magazines I read, or newspapers I look at, reporting financial difficulties, or ceasing publication. InfoWorld (a geek mag that I read) is reportedly folding its print operations, and I hear the SF Chronicle is stumbling, just to name a few.

I'm not sure that I'm ready to give up all print media. The idea of the tech magazines and journals going completely digital makes some sense, since their readers don't go too far without a laptop, PDA, etc., in tow, but I don't know if I want to do without my newspapers just yet.

For me, the only source of real news, in depth, has been the actual physical newspapers. I log on to FOX and CNN too, of course, but by the time I get done filtering through all the Anna Nicole stuff, the Celebrity gossip, and the nonsense I don't want to read, I typically find a paragraph or two on what I'm actually looking for.

Is it me? Do any of you feel ready to surrender your hard copies of Time, People, Vogue, Barrons, and others? I always thought it a ritual for a bride-to-be to get a few copies of "Modern Bride" and "Brides" into the mix. And what about the daily crossword or Sudoku?

I've tried a few subscriptions to the online versions of such things as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Star Ledger, but I don't know if I want them to be the only way I read the news. And going through the endless process of signing up, registering, creating passwords, well I'm not that patient at 7 AM, for one, and Internet isn't typically available on the commuter train.

What's your take? Have you abandoned the print media? Am I a dinosaur here?


  1. No jimmy--you are not a dinosaur. There's nothing like a hard copy of something. I still subscribe to a newspaper because I like to physically read it, and it's easier to get to the sections you like (plus all the Sunday ads and coupons, hello!). I think I even prefer the printed copy. I hope we don't go totally electronic.

    I'm so glad you like Fox news--I'm a fan.

  2. I prefer hard copies, but I've always known that I was an anachronism. (Isn't that much nicer than dinosaur?) Scrolling down a story on the monitor just isn't the same experience as unfolding a paper with your morning coffee, or settling down with a good magazine. Of course, I am biased, my bachelor's degree is in journalism, and I used to work in the business, not editorial, end of a couple of newspapers. Demographics show that newspaper readers are more likely to be college educated and more affluent than average, so that makes newspaper readers good company. However, they also tend to be over 45. Maybe I am a dinosaur.

  3. Nope...not just you. I agree.

    Oh and, of course there's still Sudoko and Crosswords on the internet...and definitely NOT the same.


  4. Hard copies are always better. Nothing like something tangible. But I suppose it's only a matter of time...print will be only "special edition" collector's copies or something like that.

  5. I can NOT go through the day without reading my paper. Have to.

  6. I love the physical newspaper. There is a romance about sitting at the table and perusing the articles and sipping coffee.


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