Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,
Nicodemus
nicodemusrat

Newsprint

Yesterday, the Seattle PI printed its last daily edition. It exists now only as a news site on the web, employing only a fraction of its old reporting staff.

A while back, I'd said that I expected newspapers to vanish in the near future. I pegged it at five years, though that was a while ago and it's now about 4.5 remaining. To clarify, I'm thinking about daily printed newspapers, not coupon circulars and free ad gazettes.

It's an interesting battle between the archaic(?) machinery of distributing printed news versus the romanticism surrounding the product. The web is instant, two-way, and low-cost or free. Newspapers, though, represent entrenched journalism and standards that are not widespread on the web (yet). Will our need for established channels let them hang on in the face of superior technology? Will they adapt and evolve, as the Seattle P-I is doing, bringing their journalism ethic to the web and challenging other sites on their own terms?

I'm not anxious to see a demise of newspapers by any means but it's what I see in the cards. Perhaps I'm too cynical and quick to dismiss them... What do you think?

Poll #1367984 Print Newspapers

Most daily print newspapers will be gone...

even sooner!
2(6.5%)
within the next 4-5 years, yeah.
6(19.4%)
within the next 5-8 years.
8(25.8%)
within the next 8-15 years.
5(16.1%)
much later than you'd expect!
10(32.3%)
Subscribe

  • Home Improvement

    Just finished a major piece of home improvement.. Had our rather weathered and sorry deck rebuilt. Also added a gate and special feature.. :D…

  • Happy Fourth of July!

    Hope you're all having a great day. Tim on the swings at the park in town, listening to the band. Love his expression. Man, when was the last…

  • (no subject)

    This morning, Portland in the snow This afternoon, in Centralia, sporting new shades in the sun Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

  • 22 comments