Don Dodge asks this question in his “Are newspapers and magazines dying?
How about you? Do you still subscribe to magazines and newspapers?
Nope, I don’t. Mostly.
I was never an active subscriber to any printed media. My parents used to read some newspapers, but that was way too long ago.
Linux Journal is one of my recent choices. We used to subscribe to it from the office. Sometimes it was useful and informative, other times not. But, I guess, I am from the generation of people who see it as a personal achievement (rightly so or not) every time the word “Linux” is printed on a colorful glance page. I am getting over it now.
Also, I have to say that during the last two or three years I’ve been buying magazines. It was because of my fascination with photography. And since we live in the place where photo exhibition is something noone have heard about, I used other means of feeding my artistic hunger. Photography magazines and books with loads of images. This stage is passing now too, because most of my appetites can be dealt with online.
So, to sum it all up – I am over the printed media. It’s just too expensive, out-of-date, and inconvenient. And to answer that question of Don’s – yes, I believe newspapers and magazines are dying. That won’t happen tomorrow or in one week. It will take time. But it will happen eventually. Those who will survive, will change so dramatically – both in content and format – that they won’t fit the definition of today’s newspapers and magazines.