Look before we disappear
Toronto, ON, January 2009
About this photo: All week long, Thematic Photographic shares "busted" photos. Got one in mind that you'd like to toss into the fray? Head over here to get started.Deep in the shadows of a downtown sidewalk, I found myself standing beside these cheerfully colorful newspaper boxes and thinking about the plight of paper-based media in an increasingly online world. I didn't mean to get existential in the middle of an otherwise busy work day far from home, but some issues have a habit of invading my space when I least expect them to.
My wife and I are debating the merits of keeping our newspaper subscription. She insists on sticking with the paper version, as nothing else fits the kitchen table and morning routine. I'm willing to give on that point, as reading the paper on my laptop in between a glass of juice, a mug of tea and three squirming children just doesn't seem to work.
But as I fill the recycling box every week before washing the smeared ink off of my hands, I wonder about the logistics required to get said papers to my door before dawn every day. I wonder about what I should be doing to reduce my consumption of trees. I wonder if it's worth giving up a little convenience to be a little greener.
Oh yes, and the online subscription is five bucks a month, about two-thirds off the regular subscription price. I'm cheap, too.
Your turn: Do you subscribe to a newspaper? Why/why not? And, yes, my wife will read your comment :)