It has been a long time since I’ve had a newspaper delivered.
And now that I basically have my finger stuffed in the electrical socket real-time digital news delivery 24 hours a day, a recent experience of having one unexpectedly delivered was startling.
A couple of days ago, in Los Angeles, I opened the door to my hotel room in the morning to find a newspaper.
The main headline delivered information that had been “news” to me about 24 hours earlier. I had read about the information all day long, and, prior to opening my hotel room door that morning, I had already read a bunch of what used to be called “second-day” and “third-day” stories about it as well (the more contemplative analysis that follows once everyone has digested the news).
As a result, the impact was similar to the impact of seeing a front page of a historical event, back when such front pages actually delivered news.
I’m not against getting free stuff, so I probably would have picked the newspaper up and taken it to breakfast if I hadn’t been in a hurry.
Alas, I was in a hurry.
So I stepped over it, refreshed the news on my phone, and headed for the elevators.
(So much for all the money the newspapers’ advertisers paid to reach me!)
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