The abundance of news & why I like the idea of ‘The Daily’ on the tablet

The newspaper is the best curated medium for news. My current weekly dose of news consists of over 10 online sources and 3 print newspapers in Bangalore. The problem with online is duplicate stories; essentially everybody adding their 2 cents worth on the base story and repeating the main content. That’s why I like the newspaper, delayed but comprehensive. And definitely, not personalized. It also contains a lot of junk which I don’t wanna read but does an okay job of giving me what I should read.

Delayed? Don’t think there is a problem with delayed as most of us don’t consume from the real-time fire-hose, but catchup the feeds slowly over the week.

When Rupert Murdoch announced ‘The Daily’, a daily digital newspaper for the iPad, it was derided by many, who said, “Who wants delayed news these days?” Though, the current version of app is buggy and only available on iPad, but, this is a good start in reducing the information overload.

Here’s the super bowl commercial announcing it’s nationwide launch.

Why I like it?

  • Delayed relaxed reading of news on the tablet, rather than chasing of ever scrolling feeds
  • Like a newspaper, but digital. Opportunity to personalize. Food, Wine, Travel, Delete. Comics, Technology, Politics? Double-it. Ditto for other categories
  • This is the best digital version of a newspaper, rather than the slow loading, ill-fitting e-Papers
  • Better curation than everybody linking to the same story in real-time

I do not have iPad, and eagerly waiting for the Android version. Until then, reading it via this.

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