A copy of The New York Times sits waiting for its reader on this Park Slope stoop.
Will the morning newspaper go the way of 78 records, glass milk jars, hula hoops, the Twist, the old Penn Station, Wannamakers, Lil Abner, analogue TV and so many more things that once seemed a part of "life" and now are gone?
In spite of the fact that newspapers consume a lot of trees, and they can't be as up-to-the-minute as the Internet, I do hope physical print editions will remain.
There is something about holding the paper in your hands, with all the wealth of information that it contains, which makes the world feel civilized to me.
In one package there is information about many diverse aspects of life and opinions from journalists I come to know, for better or worse. Reading one or two papers for many years is like having a group of friends who really get around and love sharing their experiences with you everyday. Can that experience be better online? I don't think so, but reading the paper takes time. Do we want to spend time dedicated to finding out what's going on, or are we content with a sound bite here and there?
What do you think? Are newspapers worth saving?