TheWife™ made the call, was put on hold, then finally made it through. She related her request and the answer came back, "May I ask why?"
Because we don't read it anymore. The newspaper, that is.
OK, let me clarify a few things. We were receiving two papers at the house, The Boston Globe and The Nashua Telegraph. We cancelled the latter because the subscription was for my parents, neither of whom are here to read it. Plus, we really had stopped reading the thing. Like a lot of local dailies in this age of "new media," cost-cutting measures have stripped away so much content that the paper seemed like nothing more than a long string of pieces from the AP.
This really depresses me, but for reasons mostly unrelated to my parents. It can be said that it's just nostalgia and I can't disagree: I grew up with newspapers. I've been reading one (or more) since I was in 7th grade. My first job was being a paper boy for the Hartford Courant (Sunday delivery was crazy…too many papers to carry so I loaded them in the back of the station wagon and my dad drove slowly down the street as I ran between the houses). I had a friend who delivered the Middletown Press, a cousin who delivered the Meriden Record (all of these are Connecticut papers). I don't have to think all that hard to bring back the smell of the delivery bag, stained black with ink, the "ca-chink" of the coin changer I wore on my belt. When another daily goes under — and cancelling this subscription makes me feel like we're taking part in that — it feels like a piece of my youth has vanished.
Yes, that's all nostalgia. But that's not the whole story. The rest of it has to do with my preferring printed matter over digital. I will always lean toward physical media when given a choice. Even when I stumble onto a particularly interesting article online, I will print it out before reading. Clicking through multiple pages just isn't comfortable for me. It's why I have no interest in any sort of eBook. Sure, I can see the advantages there, but there's not much attraction for me.
As for the paper, when I get up on Sunday morning, I like making coffee and reading through my favorite sections of the Globe (for those keeping score at home, that would be Ideas, Books , Arts & Entertainment, Travel, and Globe North). Yes, I know this information is available online, but sometimes a man needs a break from technology.
They say that the future is with digital media. Yep, I can see that. Heck, I'm a part of the digital media. But newspapers and magazines are vanishing partly because their business model is falling apart. Interest in the non-digital world is shrinking rapidly. Just don't expect me to like it.Powered by Sidelines