The Nose: Oprah's Gone and Loving the Physical Newspaper

May 27, 2011

This week a feud erupted between Hartford Courant columnist and blogger Rick Green and Frank Harris, a Courant columnist and chairman of the journalism department at Southern Connecticut State University. 

Harris revealed that he had just begun re-subscribing to The Courant after a year or so of not. Green smacked him online for not getting the newspaper while chairing a journalism department. And not paying for news he consumes. Harris smacked back. He said his students are being prepared for multi-platform careers. Newspapers are like leather-soled shoes, he said, on their way out but worthy of our sentimental attachment. Underlying this argument is an even better question: Do we choose and absorb news differently depending upon our mode of reading it? Absolutely, we do. Reading a physical newspaper, turning pages, leads you to news you wouldn't otherwise find.