My friend, The Foggy Dew, and I have had a number of, ahem, spirited discussions about the future of journalism and the necessity of newspapers. Perhaps the best argument I can make in favor of reading actual newspapers is that you occasionally read an article that caught your eye on paper but might never have caught your mouse on a computer screen.
This Sunday I came to the section of the Washington Post that I normally ignore – wedding/engagement/anniversary announcements (high society porn just isn’t my kinda thing, but I do think that Diamond & Golden Anniversaries are newsworthy.) The Post has added a more expansive feature to this section, On Love, that tells the story of one couple each week.
Something about this picture made me read the accompanying story.
As I reached the end of the story, the woman sitting across from me on the Metro offered me a tissue. I was grateful for that small act of kindness and civility and very grateful for a real newspaper in my hand.