Thursday, October 18, 2012

End of an Era

Happy Thursday, Ephemeraologists!

Thank you so much for sticking with me through sickness AND health - yesterday just knocked me on my patootie!  I'm not 100% yet, but at least I'm vertical and have the strength to type.  :)

But as I turned on the TV this morning, I was greeted with the news that as of December 31, another of our beloved stand-by print magazines will be no longer -

Yep, Newsweek is the latest of the venerable news magazines to bite the dust, at least in print form.

I guess this shouldn't come as any surprise - they had been losing readership (and advertising) for at least the past 5 years.  But when you are so used to something, and it isn't there anymore, it's always kind of sad.  It's hard to be current when news is immediate now - by the time the latest issue hits the stands, that news is almost a week old.  It's too bad that we're such junkies about getting our news the second it happens; sometimes it's good to have a couple of days to reflect on what has happened before we rush to conclusions and start reacting like chimps (and writing stupid comments on boards about said story).

Newsweek began publication on February 17, 1933, almost exactly 10 years after "Time" began printing.  In fact, it was a former foreign news editor of "Time" who began Newsweek.  In the beginning, it was actually News-Week, but was changed in 1937 to its present name (hyphens were all the rage in the early 20th century - why is that?).

You may remember the post I did about the Mad Men cover that Newsweek did last March - alas, even clever stunts such as that were not enough to save the magazine, at least in print form.  And while the powers that be are quick to say that they're "just transitioning the magazine, not saying goodbye to it", I can't help but think that maybe this is it. (Or as the comedian Bad Banana said today, "Congratulations to Newsweek for going all digital.  You are now a blog.")  Digital editions of print magazines are still in their infancy, and it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.  I wish them every success!

I only have one vintage Newsweek (see above) and now I think maybe I should leave it intact.  What do YOU think I should do with it?