Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Sunday Newspaper, RIP? Not yet...

I ventured out early today in the pre-hurricane dawn, dressed in shorts and a tee-shirt as if it were a summer morning on a summer day. I gassed up the car, played my numbers, picked up eggs, milk, bread and the Sunday Times Union. "Storm anxiety rising" the top headline, of course. Like everyone else I am just watching and waiting, not certain what Frankenstorm Sandy will bring this way.

Turning to the "Perspective" section, Casey Seiler began his column "Within the span of a few days, both Newsweek and Superman have turned their backs on print publication." [Seiler's piece goes well with a NY Times story on page A4 - "Full time work and livable* salaries disappear with advances in technology."] ah! The "newspapers vs. internet" debate!

He writes on about Clark Kent becoming a blogger (kinda like ACO, yeah?) and of course the whole idea of newspapers dying. Well you know they've been putting nails in their own coffins - the Albany Times Union to this day has a lot of pissed off readers who love to get the TV booklet - but the ONLY way you can is to BUY your paper on Sunday. The handy guide is no longer placed in the "weekend" edition of the paper, and if your paper is home-delivered, guess what? No TV mag for you!

Ever wonder what it might be like if your hometown daily newspaper died?

As newspaper publishers continue scratching their heads, take a look at how they treat the Sunday Comics, which for many families for years and years, was one of the reasons (along with the sales fliers and the weekly local TV listings booklet) WHY people loved and BOUGHT the Sunday newspaper! NOBODY is gonna drag out a magnifying glass to read the funny papers!
Albany NY Times Union comics section, 10.28.12
*The standard British and Canadian spelling is liveable but the standard US spelling, according to Webster's-Merriam, is livable.
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