New Criticals

When I lived as a member of the working press in New York City I read at least four newspapers a day. Old habits die hard! The New York Times continues to be one of my first reads in the morning. I have been using it online for nearly a decade and a half. With the initial online foray, all that felt different was the missing tactile experience of reading the paper; the central position of its hegemonic voice representing some “universal” city remained intact. I can read it differently now; the change is similar to the way in which some online venues are supplanting mainstream media. Reading it online lets me move back and forth among a variety of online sites—e.g., The Root, The Crunk Feminist Collective—to find how people who use different frameworks address similar concepts or ideas.