This is a real dream I had, about four hours ago:
I was with a friend in a shop of gadgets and curios – the sort of place that has soap dispensers attached to D-ring clips, or electronic scales with keyboards – when I spotted a odd device on the bottom shelf. It looked like a fax machine with a big bowl on top, and it had the New York Times logo on it.
“What does that do?” I asked, picking it up – it was surprisingly light.
“It prints out issues of the New York Times every day,” said my friend.
“Sweet!” I turned it around, looking for the specs. “Is it a laser printer or an inkjet?”
“Laser printer,” he replied, peering at the shelf label.
“How much does it cost?”
“Wow! We totally have to get this!” Even with the weak pound, $300 was clearly a steal. “But what’s this bowl for?”
“Oh, that’s where you put the pulp in.”
“What, you mean you have to make your own paper?” I asked.
“Yeah, but think about it, you can change the consistency, leave bits in, use different colours…”
“I don’t know…” I said doubtfully. It seemed like a lot of effort to get the paper every day. I put the New York Times machine down, regretfully, and left the shop.
The dream was probably inspired by a quote I saw by Clay Shirky that said “But will the New York Times still exist on paper? Of course, because people will hit the print button,” and this video: