The limited future of print journalism

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.