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.
This piece isn’t necessarily a praise of paper so much as it is a praise of slow, deliberate news consumption. But what’s a great way to make consumption (and creation, for that matter) more slow, careful, and deliberate?
I read paper books almost exclusively. I read most of my news online, but every week I settle in with a print copy of the New Yorker, and I love to pick up a print copy of the New York Times when I’m at my local coffee shop. And, interesting tidbit: for the magazine of which I’m managing editor, print subscriptions outnumber digital about three to one.