I am a sucker. Or, if you prefer, a loyal member of my designated demographic.
Today the Times premiered Times Select, which is a way to squeeze more money out of the brand that is the New York Times. The benefits of Times Select are cool, including early access to weekend articles and generous monthly limits for browsing the archives. The most visible change is that opinion columns are part of the Select package, and no longer available for free.
If I subscribed to the print edition I could have added Times Select for free. But I quit subscribing immediately after we moved to New York, once the paper was stolen from the steps outside our apartment building. By now I've grown used to picking it up at the newsstand.
So I had to pay to be select, and it didn't take much convincing. The price is not bad, and I jumped on the deal fast enough to get the early-bird discount. Part of me is snickering at myself, but on the whole I'm content with yet another manifestation of Eastern Seaboard snobbishness.