Posted by: mydarkestplaces | June 23, 2013

First World Problems

I did it. I got sucked in by the banner ads calling out, “SIXTEEN DOLLARS FOR NYTIMES HOME DELIVERY AND ALL INTERNET ACCESS WOO!” The problem is, in my haste I didn’t stop to look at the asterisk or the small print. Yeah, $4 a week for the first month and then it goes up from there. Okay. So, now I’m paying $33 a month for a Sunday delivery subscription. With a physical paper that I almost never read (I usually leave it for the folks at Bard to read) and unlimited articles and access to the NYTimes archives and my phone, on my tablet and on my computer. It’s an historian’s wet dream – near unfettered access to contemporary news coverage of some of the biggest world events. Yes, I have been poking in and about to find out what one of the best news organizations in the world was saying about some of the most horrific global events.

But I feel guilty. One, hundreds of printed pages that inevitably get recycled or composted without actually being read. Two, I have the paper delivered to my coffee shop since I spend far more time there than I do at home. Three, it’s not inexpensive. High value, but I wonder – since I’m not reading the physical paper – if it would make sense to drop down to solely a digital subscription. I am still left with the question of whether I do the phone/nytimes.com ($15), tablet/nytimes.com ($20) or the phone and tablet with nytimes.com subscription ($35).

I like the idea of saving money. But I like the idea of having unfettered digital access.

This is unquestionably the definition of a #firstworldproblem. I live in the lap of information luxury. Nobody is telling me what I can or can’t look at and I won’t be arrested based solely on what I choose to research or read. Yet, I can still think of other – better – ways to spend twenty not-claimed dollars a month.

What say you, Interwebs? What do you think about all this?


Responses

  1. You get your paper delivered to Bard? How cosmopolitan. Here’s the upside. 1. You can say, I have my paper delivered to Bard.
    2. You can share the hard copy and leave it for others
    3. Paper on the phone is useless so you don’t save much by going with tech.
    OTH — what you said. We get a paper — local one — once or twice a week and rely in the Internets and Daily show streaming for our news. Portland Press Herald on line for Maine news. Life in the Caribbean.

    • I very rarely actually do more with the physical paper than move it from where the baristas have placed it in front of my seat over to the basket of papers for public consumption. Frankly, one of the things that will really be the make or break is if I can drop to a phone/.com subscription and still share that access with one other person. If not, then it stays as is and I continue to share my physical subscription with the lovelies at Bard :)


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