Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Mark Steyn asks…

On the Hugh Hewitt show today, the incomparable Mark Steyn rhetorically asked if he lived in Minnesota why he would bother subscribing to a local paper, when local blogs, like Time Magazine “Blog of the Year” Powerline, deliver insight which is more original and insightful, and also free.

Pretty good question. The only answers I could come up with were Lileks, and Westover. I’m told the coupons in the Sunday edition are an attractive reason as well (though I’ve been practicing the Fraters Libertas endorsed “Starve the Beast” campaign for years now, so I wouldn’t know).

Anyone have more?

5 Comments:

Blogger pinkmonkeybird said...

Subscribing to the Strib is also useful in many other ways. When you ship breakable items in the mail, pages from the Strib can help absorb shocks if you carefully wrap them in newspaper. Feel a nasty draft shooting out of that crack between the chimney stack and the lumber? Shove the Strib in there to block wind. Owners of parakeets already know how valuable the Strib is. People who clean and gut fish also know. Why purchase a fly swatter when the Strib is handy? Didja ever see the first Alien movie where the guy gets soffocated with a magazine shoved down his throat? Try the Strib. Window shades are obsolete when pages of the Strib can be effortlessly taped to your panes.
There are lots of other reasons to subscribe to the Strib. Least of which is not that it makes for excellent blogger fodder.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Gary Matthew Miller said...

I used to be a practitioner of the "starve the beast" approach but recently took the "mark of the beast" and started getting the Sunday paper for the Best Buy ad.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Craig Westover said...

Flattering, Doug, but putting me in a class with Lileks is, like, well comparing Nick Coleman to Emile Zola. But thanks.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Well, Coleman does strike me as vaguely French in certain ways, now that you mention it.

5:48 PM  
Blogger R-Five said...

I remain a ST subscriber, and will until a better home delivered alternative (PP?) appears. There is still a large amount of useful information in the paper, far more than we can blog about.

As I posted some time back, we know how to read this paper to our own advantage. Ignore the headlines, read the last few paragraphs first, and ignore Sid Hartman. Do that, check the blogs, and you will know far more than a liberal reader.

7:25 PM  

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