A few years ago, we subscribed to the New York Times, and had it delivered to our home every day. We really did read it every day (or at least one of us did, while the other one of us was lucky to read anything but Goodnight Moon every day), and we often passed along sections or the entire paper to someone else when we were done, before recycling it. It was printed locally, so the paper didn't have to be shipped from New York to Minnesota every day, but resources are resources, and the resources that paid for the subscription were becoming pointedly scant at our house. So, we cancelled our subscription and now we're reading the paper online instead.
I have mixed feelings about this new turn of events. On the one hand, I know that the online version is every bit as informative (and sometimes more so) than the print version. We're saving natural as well as financial resources by cancelling our subscription. On the other hand, my husband did love the feel of the newspaper in his hands, and luxuriated in taking his news with him wherever he went (we have one computer, which I'm usually hogging). I also feel guilty for withdrawing our financial support from the institution of the newspaper. Newspapers are dying left and right, and while I'd like to believe that the New York Times will be around forever, they need our support now more than ever. Online advertising is, in my understanding, not as lucrative as print advertising, and the two markets are different enough that print newspapers don't feel as though they can compete.
What's a modern hippie to do?