Sunday, July 31, 2011

Interactive map of US newspapers, 1690-2011
Note that the “golden age” of newspapers was the period from about 1850 to 1890 when the number of papers increased more than four-fold from about 3,000 in 1850 to 13,489 by 1890, which is about the same number of papers as there are today (13,670).
And probably going down and down, the way of record shops and big chain bookshops.

Comment at T1:9:
Newspapers increasingly look like dinosaurs, alas. The web is replacing print as a major source of news. But when newspapers set up websites the amount of advertising revenue that the latter generate is only a fraction of what comes through print. If they charge for the websites few people subscribe, except for specialist publications. Meanwhile printed circulations decline and production costs escalate.

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