Will there always be print newspapers? The editor of The Washington Post said he thought so, though others might think he’s in denial.
He’s in denial.
In November 2007, former â€œNBC Nightly Newsâ€ anchor Tom Brokaw predicted the print edition of The Washington Post would â€œprobablyâ€ be dead in 10 years. But Downie disagreed.
â€œI canâ€™t see that,â€ Downie said. â€œObviously Iâ€™m of an age where I canâ€™t see so far out into the future, but I canâ€™t see that. If you talk about technology, thereâ€™s a unique technology to a print newspaper. Itâ€™s very low-tech, but it is very handy in lots of different ways â€“ from being able to rip it out to being able to take different sections.
Similar silliness is used to pretend that the coming demise of paper books won’t happen, either. “Ohmygawd, of course paper books will never go away! Just try reading your damned ebook in your bathtub!”
I could, if I wanted to. Oh, yeah. I just downloaded half a dozen of Peter F. Hamilton’s books, and I’m reading Pandora’s Star right now. Quite enjoyable, so far. I don’t see hardly any of the socialist doom and gloom pap that seems to permeate the work of so many currently fashionable SF writers. There is one socialist character, but at this point, he’s more or less portrayed as a marginal nutcase, although he’s important to the plot.