Our breakfast table is covered with newspaper; our coffee table with New Yorkers; the news plays over the radio in the evening while I'm making dinner. These media have always been so easily accessible in our house that our kids have grown up reading the New York Times, listening to National Public Radio, and sampling bits of the New Yorker -- at first just the cartoons and then the long prose.
Imagine of all this content were delivered to us digitally -- paper-free. Very green you say. But would the kids have picked it up in a moment of boredom and read it as they do with the print material that we offer them? Would they stop what they were doing and listen to a public radio story if it were not being broadcast through the kitchen? If we relied on podcasts to get our audio news?