First off, thanks to @turanli for inspiring my chosen stream of thought today as he questioned the need to subscribe to a newspaper. This reminded me of a conversation I overheard last week amongst a few of my colleagues about how one missed reading cartoons, specifically Dilbert, in a daily newspaper. Now, I don't want to get all nostalgic and show my age, but I too occasionally find myself missing traditional daily or at least weekly newspapers. Maybe this hearkens back to my Journalism training. I can still vaguely remember physically cutting paper headlines and positioning them on a layout board.
In the small city where I live, we do still receive a local newspaper once a week. I do enjoy flipping through it to see if I've missed any of the updates on the weekly happenings in my community. One annoyance is having to first remove all of the flyers, which tend to account for at least 2/3 of the paper included in my package, but I realize are necessary to the survival of paper they accompany. Most of the time, what I see in the local rag is a repeat of something I've read online earlier in the week via Facebook or some other channel. But sometimes, I happen upon a tidbit I haven't seen or I come across an interesting column or op ed worth a read. Then, of course, I can always turn to the funnies or try my hand at the crossword with an actual lead pencil. I'm sure most older folks (yikes it sounds horrible to put myself in this category) will agree there is something pleasing about the tactile experience of reading a newspaper, similar to reading a book, which I've already admitted I'm not very good at. I know lots of people who prefer to read on a Kindle, but I've tried and have found not being required to turn pages an unnatural sensation.
All this said, I can still choose to subscribe to a regular paper, but admittedly can't justify it with all the digital news at my fingertips.
But who else here misses paper and books? And yes, @brandonwilson, you're welcome to call me on my rotary dial phone with your response.
p.s. GET OFF MY LAWN!