The future of print
Posted by samanthajung
I stumbled across this image a few days ago, and found it striking. It is an infographic predicting how soon newspapers will be extinct all over the world. It was created by Ross Dawson, an entrepreneur and author of the book Living Networks (which his bio claims predicted the social media phenomenon).
As you can see, the timeline predicts that newspapers will become insignificant in both Canada and Norway in 2020, and in the United States in 2017. Interestingly, the date for metropolitan China is 2031 (because of the Internet crackdown?).
Dawson also lists a few factors that could contribute to this not-so-far-away extinction, and divides them into global factors and national factors.
Is Dawson wrong? I’ve heard this same statement at numerous journalism conferences and read it in countless articles. It’s all over the web. The website Newspaper Death Watch keeps track of print publications that have downsized or shut down.
However, while print journalism is dying, journalism is not. Print journalism in its traditional medium, newspapers, is declining in popularity, but print in its new format—.pdfs, online content—is growing, and I believe that once the full transition is made, it will be as popular as the newspaper was in its heyday…
…or so I hope.