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But what will we line bird cages with?

Posted at 2:00 PM on September 13, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Brian Lambert poses an interesting question over at his blog at the Rake: what do core newspaper consumers, like myself and I assume many of you, expect/want in a newspaper that isn't a paper anymore?

Just like my music listening has gone from vinyl to cassettes to CDs to computer files, I expect my news consumption to change dramatically over the next decade. In fact, to some extent it already has; I noticed on the Saturday after the bridge collapse I never got to one of my local newspapers - the printed version that is - because I subscribe to its RSS feed and I knew that I would get the most current info via that mechanism rather than through the version printed several hours earllier.

As Brian points out, there are reasons we don't totally abandon the paper, everything from its portability to our discomfort with change. But since change is inevitable, what do we newpaper readers want in a replacement? Answer here or answer in Brian's space, I watch both.