This article in the Washington Post is just too emo for words:
A once unimaginable scenario: No more newspapers
Let me get out the champagne and celebrate something called progress.
The standard journalistic narrative has always been that journalism was essential and could never be replaced.
Once upon a time, the horse and buggy was Very Important To Civilization, and then something called cars replaced them.
And that was called progress. It liberated people and allowed them to expand their worlds, find jobs where they could once not venture easily, and set the economy on fire.
We got trucks, and then humanity made huge leaps and bounds.
Just as once upon time, people required fire for heat and to see in the dark…and then came electricity, and it changed our world for the better.
So yes, let’s get rid of newspapers, and the sooner the better.
And while we are at it, let’s scrap that worthless propaganda-spewing dreck we called journalism.
We don’t need it anymore.
We have superior ways to disseminate the facts we find, verify, and test.
This isn’t a bad thing.
This is progress.
So do not spin this as something to mourn, but something to celebrate.
Because a new age is here — and it is one with better ways to inform people without patronizing them and telling them to be afraid or how to think…