Goodbye newspaper, hello what?

With just a little nostalgia, the writer looks towards a world without newspapers and wonders about the effects of the loss of a primary source, a cultural pillar and the social cohesion that came with it.


An elegy for the newspaper

Jonathan Green     Overland     #208 Spring, 2012

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But is it possible that serious discussion can be at once enriched and fragmented? If our understanding is so isolated, can it have political and social weight? Does an intelligent view of the world need a mass-market champion? If debate about serious issues – surely the cornerstone of fourth estate journalism – is dotted through the vast sweep of the online world, will it be too easily overwhelmed by the shared trivialisation of mass culture? Is this not what we are losing with the inevitable demise of the serious newspaper: a mature, moderated conversation that was broadly shared and thus to be reckoned with?

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A lengthy but very readable essay by a newspaper veteran and pioneer of the online news magazine. Read all about it:


2 thoughts on “Goodbye newspaper, hello what?

  1. Great read! I spent time in a similar environment in Boston also in the 60s and 70s. . My dad and his father were both compositors and I started out as a copy boy. My only exception is I don’t think it will take until 2025 for this to happen…

    • I agree. I think it will hinge on those gigantic presses and what to do with them. Who would want them? How can their cost be written down? Scrap metal?

      I spent many years in that environment. The adrenaline rush, the smells of photographer’s dark-rooms, the clatter of typewriters, the battles between compositors and stone subs, the changes in technology, guiding tv cameramen in their backwards walk, interviews with the famous and the infamous. Lots of memories. Still have nightmares involving deadlines. Lol

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