Hattip to Ed Driscoll at Instapundit. Any work of entertainment becomes a cultural artifact that historians may use to analyze a point in history:
How quickly new technology can radically alter societies. In three decades newspapers have gone from being an essential part of daily life, to being an industry on life support, kept alive by the inertia of a rapidly aging readership. My father would pore over our local daily paper each day, and usually work the crossword puzzle and the cryptogram contained in each paper. After I grew up I subscribed to The Chicago Tribune. After the Trib endorsed Obama in 2008 I cancelled my subscription. However, I realized at the time that I hadn’t been reading much of it in years, the paper usually arriving after I went to the law mines. Almost all of my daily reading of the news was being done over the internet. When my partner retired from the law mines in 2010, I immediately cancelled the firm’s subscription to the local regional paper that the firm subscribed to, and which I hadn’t been reading in several years. I still get the local town paper, which is a weekly freebie, and where I place my legal notices, but it is usually my secretaries who bring any local story of note to my attention. In some ways it is sad seeing an enterprise with such a long pedigree being one with Nineveh and Tyre, and in some ways I think most of the ink-stained wretches richly deserve their fate, but like it or not, we can do many things with time in this Vale of Tears, but we cannot freeze it.