A few weeks ago, I was at a dinner party where the discussion turned to the future of newspapers and magazines. Two different people, a writer around my age and a young recent college graduate, were telling me about the joy of holding a newspaper and how that is something they’ll never give up.
I’m wasn’t so optimistic. I actually prefer reading the news on a computer screen, preferably on a handheld device. Then this video reinforced my sense of doom for print:
This baby will grow up in a world where you can read any newspaper or magazine from anywhere on the planet at any time you want. Maybe media companies will figure out a way to monetize their content, but from an environmental standpoint, I suspect there are going to be a lot fewer dead trees.
- Steve Jobs view of the future of newspapers (cyberjournalist.net)
- Global Newspaper Circulation Falls For Second Consecutive Year (huffingtonpost.com)
- The readers’ editor on… the closure of the Guardian’s international edition (guardian.co.uk)
- At their best, newspapers became beautiful objects. I shall miss them (guardian.co.uk)