Our experiment is not working out too well. Not surprisingly, we haven’t been able to find an objective digital replacement to our daily paper. But the most significant objection is that we miss the kinesthetic property of our old routine: opening the door before breakfast, picking up the paper, dividing the sections, and holding the paper in our hands, turning the pages as we read. And of course, there is the difficulty that many of us who were not brought up with the internet have in reading online. We were frankly surprised at the strength of this objection.
Today we learn that the Wall Street Journal will be laying off employees in their bureaus in Asia and Europe—the second round of layoffs in three months. according to Bloomberg News. This newspaper is not alone in scaling back expenses as they try to sign up more online subscribers as advertising revenues continue to decline across the newspaper industry. Well, we won’t be one of them. Our newspaper will soon be back on our doorstep. There is a limit to how far we can go in adapting to the modern age. mk hk