Are newspapers dead?
In case you’ve been living in a cave, the newspaper business is in trouble.
I don’t know a single person born after 1976 that subscribes to a newspaper. I never have, and no-one I know from my generation has, either. Why would we? We could get all of our news online before I even graduated high school.
But I do read newspapers. I just consume them differently than people historically have – I pick and choose my favorite bits from the world’s papers, instead of reading my local paper cover-to-cover every morning. There’s certainly still a place in this world for newspapers – just maybe sans paper. How do I know?
This article is proof in and of itself. One of the world’s most renowned musicians, Joshua Bell, gave an impromptu concert in the DC Metro with his $3.5M violin, and the Washington Post has one of the best articles I’ve ever read about it. Beautifully written, see for yourself, you’ll love it. And if you needed it, it reminds you why traditional media still has a place in this world. (Thanks Matt!)
Oh, and in case you hadn’t already heard, Sam Zell is an idiot. Newspapers are doomed if you listen to his crap.