I almost hate to admit this, but I observed a milestone today... and this Online Journal, being a manifestation of today’s Ars Electronica, is as good a place to announce it as any.
For the first time since I have no idea when, I no longer subscribe to a printed newspaper.
We’ve taken the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since moving here almost fifteen years ago... the paper Denny famously refers to as the “Atlanta Urinal and Constipation.” Not the best paper by any stretch, but I believe the local fishwrap serves a noble purpose. Nevertheless, their subscription rates have increased steadily over the last few years, and these days they’re not quite so willing to cut a deal in order to retain a long-term subscriber.
And now that they offer a digital edition at a much more reasonable tariff, why not save a tree or two?
As of today, the Elisson household has gone digital. With the daily newspaper, anyway. As far as I can see, the only real downside is that it is impractical to line a bird cage with an e-paper... and since we have no bird, who gives a crap?