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May 1 2013
Mmm, baby: The very best in food porn
April 27 2013
Alternatives to Butler
April 19 2013
Red Bull and relaxation
April 17 2013
Back to the kitchen: A short journey through sexist pop culture
April 12 2013
Bikinis and big booties, y’all
April 8 2013
Azealia Banks Did What?
April 5 2013
More stories from Columbia’s military veterans
April 3 2013
Sing, O Muse, of some sappy story
April 1 2013
Missed the Cliterary Open Mic? Check out the highlights here
March 29 2013
Sex & Low Beach
Over the past few years, the phrase “the End of Journalism” has been widely circulated by pundits, doomsayers, and crotchety journalists alike. Critics have pointed to the closing of local newspapers and the rise of the blogosphere as harbingers of the Four Horsemen. According to a site called NewspaperDeathWatch.com, 14 newspapers, including the Cincinnati Post, the Albuquerque Tribune, and the San Juan Star, have closed since 2007.
In 2009, Michael Hirschorn got heat for his article “End Times” in The Atlantic, which suggested that the New York Times could easily go out of business within six months. In his words, “The paper’s future doesn’t look good.”
Still today, the debate rages on: Do newspapers have a future? Will the ethical backbone of reporting be lost in a jumble of Tweets, Tumblrs, and celebrity gossip? Will Perez Hilton pick the next presidential candidate? Will the inexperienced masses destroy journalism forever?
Despite these apocalyptic pronouncements, I’m skeptical that the end is really all that near. Yes, journalism will have to change—but the future may not be so bleak.
In this week’s lead, Ian Erickson-Kery looks at three online publications that are changing the nature of reading online. Companies like Triple Canopy, Badlands Unlimited, and DIS have begun to conceive of and use the Internet as a medium that doesn’t simply mimic print but innovates new reading experiences. Their approach gives me hope that online publications might just develop into an entirely separate entity—and, in so doing, could put print’s collective death knell on hold, at least for now (she says, in a print magazine).
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