In Farhad Manjoo’s latest State of the Art column for The New York Times he writes about his experience his two month experiment reading day old news. More specifically, he writes about how for two months, he got his news strictly from print newspapers. He writes, “I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers — The Times, The Wall Street Journal and my local paper, The San Francisco Chronicle — plus a weekly newsmagazine, The Economist.”
In the column, Manjoo brings up some points relating to how relying on print newspapers exclusively for his news consumption can actually be better than constantly being bombarded by push notifications, tweets, and cable news channels. He writes about how he learned about the details surrounding the Parkland school shooting 24 hours after it occurred, “That morning, I spent maybe 40 minutes poring over the horror of the shooting and a million other things the newspapers had to tell me.” And then going on to write later on, “I was getting news a day old, but in the delay between when the news happened and when it showed up on my front door, hundreds of experienced professionals had done the hard work for me.”
I agree with one thing he writes: we all need to disconnect from the constant barrage of news out there every now and then. We need to be more selective about what we truly care about and cannot get worked up over every single news story, because that’s just not heathy.
Nonetheless, overall the column made for an interesting read but once I got to the end I couldn’t help but think: I just read a native ad for the NY Times on the NY Times website.
— Jeff Weisbein (@jeffweisbein) March 7, 2018