Welcome to the new History Factory website. Click to learn about the new design.

Insights

The Death of the Newspaper . . . in 1981?

May 8, 2009 • History Factory

We’ve covered the impending demise of print journalism, accepting the digitization of media as an inevitable facet of the future. And it likely is. But as Nicholas Fitzgerald points out, we’re not the first generation to make this claim. The reporters in the 1981 television clip below would probably have been surprised to hear that the San Francisco Examiner would still be hitting doorsteps in 2009—they thought the dominance of digital communication was only “a few years off.”



It’s easy to say that tomorrow will be a brave, new world. It’s harder to recognize that change happens gradually, and that early adopters sometimes have to wait decades for the promise (and profits) of new technology to become reality. That gradual change explains why some companies have been blindsided by falling newspaper profits. By looking at the trajectory of their past, instead of focusing solely on the latest and greatest upgrade, companies will be in a better position to prepare stronger business models well-suited for the future.

SHARE THIS
 

More About Authenticity

An Authentic Website

It’s not every day that a company like History Factory overhauls its website. However, we… Read More

What Is Your Company Doing to Avoid the Digital Black Hole?

To mark the 900th anniversary of Domesday Book, in 1986 the BBC created a computer-based, multimedia… Read More