So, did anyone notice that the December 2010 issue of this old (1933) and much respected publication will be last to be printed on paper with ink?
I did. I got the last copy from my uncle today. It was sitting on his coffee table. I think it’s sad. Because of the fact that no one seems to read anymore, in conjunction with the fact that paper and ink publications are much more expensive to produce than web pages; another piece of our world drifts off into oblivion.
I didn’t read U.S. News and World Report regularly. I haven’t subscribed to it in years. It’s sad all the same that it’s gone the way of the dodo. How long before all paper/ink publications follow? Have you ever tried reading the newspaper online? It just ain’t the same. Us older and fast-fading folks have sharp memories of bright Sunday mornings spent in the comfortable reading chair or in the breakfast nook reading our crinkly and inky newspapers whilst sipping our hot coffee. You just can’t duplicate that online.
Besides, if print magazines and newspapers are all gone one of these days, what will kidnappers use to paste up their ransom notes? Clipped images of letters from a Google Image search? I don’t think so.
Getting back to U.S. News and World Report… of course, you can subscribe to their new weekly. It’s called U.S. News Weekly. It’s just not going to be the same, folks. Oh well, there’s one sure thing in life… NOTHING stays the same; all is in flux all the time. It’s the nature of Nature, I guess. We’ll still have our memories of the crinkly paper and that hot coffee on Sunday mornings long ago… until the Alzheimer’s robs us of that, too.
Support print media… go buy a damned paper or magazine, won’t you? You don’t even have to read it. 😉
Image credits: ransom note © Mitra Farmand – Fuffermutter Comics