Seth Godin has a post titled When newspapers are gone, what will you miss? Seth goes on to list all the bits of newspaper coverage that are better executed on the web – sports, reviews, weather, comics, pretty much everything except "local news, investigative journalism and intelligent coverage of national news." I realize I'm old and that very few people browse 3 newspapers a day like I do, but the thing I'll miss is the serendipitous discovery of something interesting by scanning headlines and articles on paper. The web's version of serendipity is the link and following links can be informative and entertaining. But there's something different about doing it on paper. Frequently the stuff I will find in the paper during the morning or evening subway commute I didn't see online during the day. When there are fewer or no newspapers, that's what I'll miss.
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