Yes, yes, I know. The printed word is dead, long live the internets. I am [obviously] a fan of writing on the World Wide Web, and I read most of my news and blog updates on my phone or on my computer.
There is nothing like a printed newspaper. I love getting the newspaper. Here's why it's better than reading about the financial crisis [or Prince William's engagement] on the computer.
The sheer physicality of it. There are few things more satisfying than the snap you can create when opening up a section of the paper. That crisp sound, the fact that it's so big you have to use two hands to get a hearty noise, it's a full body workout.
The ritual. Picking up the paper from my porch every morning makes me feel like a grown up. And not just a grown up, but someone who cares what's going on in her world. Even if I'm just getting the New York Times mostly for the crossword puzzles and the Arts section, there is the possibility that I might read the front page. Or the business section. It could happen.
Engaging your mind. And speaking of the crossword puzzle, there are few things that look and feel smarter than a precisely folded paper with the puzzle boldly staring out at the world, waiting to be solved. The fact that I sometimes can't even get a word [I'm looking at you, Friday puzzle of 11/5 - what the hell was that about?] doesn't make this any less of a delight. Plus, while you can technically do crosswords on phones and computers, they aren't nearly as satisfying to finish and it's hard to leave them laying around, showing off.
Reuse and Recycle. I like getting the paper because I can then recycle it and do something for the planet [what? I know, I know, just humor me.]. Also, I can use the newspaper in case I need to wrap something, like a gift or a particularly ugly vase that a relative gave me and I can't, in good conscience, immediately donate.
What say you? Paper or electric?
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