My newspaper is sitting in a forlorn little heap at the bottom of my driveway this morning, already soaked through from a driving rainstorm, despite its little blue bag of a raincoat. On mornings like this, when I don't much want to get soaking wet myself, I just call the print version a loss, and read the paper online.
But reading the paper this way is an entirely different experience. I end up following the news much less throughly. Even though I could click on "Today's Paper" and dutifully read all the page one stories first, which I do with the print version, I am instead all over the place when I read online. I peruse one piece and at the bottom of it, it may have a link to a related piece, which ultimately leads me down a rabbit hole of various stories I would have otherwise missed. But I also never get around to reading the featured stories. This is a loss, because I know how much thought, jockeying and planning goes into putting together page one. (The Times, and I assume other papers, have Page One meetings during which they decide which stories warrant being featured on the front.)
Instead today I meandered off into Oscar nonsense, and realized eventually I was reading a story that was published last week. Ah well, back to what's happening in Libya, which probably has more long-term consequences than Ann Hathaway's Oscar hosting abilities.