The Nose: Oprah's Gone; 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.  Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.