Imagine this:

It’s 2025 and print newspapers have disappeared, except for a few big city tabloids and free give-away shopping papers. So how do you get your news and opinion [N&O] broadsheets now?

newspapersIt’s all online, digital, webbed, iPadded, Googled, Nooked. Print newspapers have ceased to exist since 2020. Everyone gets their N&O online now, from the Web-only New York Times to the digital Boston Globe. Even the Boulder Daily Camera is a camera to the online world now. Goodbye, paper. Sayonara newsprint.

TeleRead? Still here and appearing daily.

By 2025, print is finally dead. Digital reigns supreme.

Any holdouts? A few. Inconsequential.

Screens have taken over. “Screening” has replaced “reading.” (Take note, Nick Bilton.)

In short, it’s a very different world from the one we live in now, in 2013. People are still adjusting. The younger generation doesn’t know the difference. Call them ‘”Generation Forget.”

It’s an entirely new ballgame now. Better? Worse? We won’t know for another 100 years.

Meanwhile, MRI and PET scan studies on the brain show that reading on screens is just as good, brain-wise, in terms of brain chemistry, as reading on paper. We shall adapt. We always do.

Meanwhile, there’s this song titled ”I Just Can’t Live (Without My Daily Snailpaper)”. It’s a novelty song about newspapers sung by J. Gale Kilgore of Big Spring, Texas. It’s on YouTube now, where it’ll probably still be in 2025. Carl Bernstein, whose name appears in the words to the song, along with old print gods like Ben Bradlee and Bob Woodward, watched the video and told this writer: “That says it all.”

Watch it here:


  1. THE ONION faux news story today JULY 27 2013

    The paper-based textual medium passed away early today, sources say.

    NEW YORK—Sources close to print, the method of applying ink to paper in order to convey information to a mass audience, have confirmed that the declining medium passed away early Thursday morning.

    The influential means of communication was 1,803.

    Print, which had for nearly two millennia worked tirelessly to spread knowledge around the globe in the form of books, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and numerous other textual materials, reportedly succumbed to its long battle with ill health, leaving

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