Let’s have a little straw poll: What print publications do you subscribe to?
I’ll go first. National Geographic is the only print publication I subscribe to. I let my Economist subscription lapse because it’s pretty expensive, but I’m thinking of renewing it now that I have settled into a new place for the next year (I’ve lived in three different places in the last year).
Neither publication is a good source for up-to-the-minute news coverage. Both, however, excel at analysis pieces.
National Geographic has some fantastic long-form journalism. It’s the kind of writing that I do not like reading on a computer screen. I regularly click out of articles I find on the Web that are too long.
I have Web ADD like many computer users. I like to read journalism that understands that the Web is a fast and immediate medium. And if your story takes to long to get to the point, I’ll quickly find something else to occupy my time.
The Economist is firmly focused on news analysis, and that’s how I like my print publications. I have Google Reader and the Web in general to keep me up to date on the latest news, but The Economist is a great resource to get through the static of the Web, and provide me with a long-term look on news and world affairs.
So, what if anything do you still subscribe to and why? And if you’re daring, leave your age.