06 February 2007

The World Turns

Cultural disaster or turning point that will be noted by hisotrians to come? Perhaps print media has entered its end stage. I'll agree that holding paper in the form of a magazine or book adds a tactile sense to the reading experience. But the newspapers are a hassle and I for one will not mind their extinction.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - For centuries, readers thumbed through the crackling pages of Sweden's Post-och Inrikes Tidningar newspaper. No longer. The world's oldest paper still in circulation has dropped its paper edition and now exists only in cyberspace.

The newspaper, founded in 1645 by Sweden's Queen Kristina, became a Web-only publication on Jan. 1. It's a fate, many ink-stained writers and readers fear, that may await many of the world's most venerable journals.

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