Both semesters of my freshman year at Baylor I was required to buy a subscription to the NY Times for one of my classes. It was greatly discounted and we only received it Monday-Friday. Also, we had to walk to the bookstore every day to pick it up. Many of my classmates, including my roommate, did this halfheartedly. They might pick it up some days, forget other days, and they rarely read it, except for when we had to for class. Not me. I made sure to grab mine every day and I read it every day, much to the dismay of my roommate who hated the giant pile of newspapers this created in our room. She was convinced that cockroaches like newspapers and she was deathly afraid of cockroaches.
Since those long ago days in Alexander Hall, I have kept up with reading the NY Times every day, except now I do it online. You can imagine how upset I was when I read last week that they were going to start charging to read the paper online! Oh the horror! But wait, you can still read 20 articles a month for free. Twenty articles is nothing! I read much more than that a week! This didn't make me too happy.
For the past week I've been reading the NY Times like usual and not thinking about the end of the month, when I would no longer be able to do so. I just kind of pushed it out of my mind and figured I'd deal with it when it happened. Today I opened my email to find this:
Dear NYTimes.com reader,
As a frequent reader of NYTimes.com, you’ve demonstrated an uncommon interest in a wide variety of today’s most important topics. This makes you anything but average. In fact, it can’t help but make you “smarter” — just the kind of person we at Lincoln want to engage.
Though NYTimes.com will soon begin charging for unlimited access*, Lincoln is offering you a free digital subscription for the remainder of 2011. Enjoy all that NYTimes.com has to offer every day — investigative news and special reports, videos, blogs and more. It’s all yours at no charge, compliments of Lincoln.