‘For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers’

Farhad Manjoo, writing for the New York Times:

This has been my life for nearly two months. In January, after the breaking-newsiest year in recent memory, I decided to travel back in time. I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers — The Times, The Wall Street Journal and my local paper, The San Francisco Chronicle — plus a weekly newsmagazine, The Economist.

I could never go back to reading print. As I tweeted, when I was growing up my dad used to get the paper every day, and I used to steal the sports page from him. Aside from headlines, stories were hard to read because the text was so small; I had to get so close to the paper that the tip of my nose would be covered in ink. Manjoo’s broader point about unplugging and not getting your news from Twitter—which I do, much to the chagrin of my RSS account—is well taken, but for me, technology makes consuming news a more accessible experience that helps more than hinders. I suspect I’m not alone in that sentiment either.