When a newspaper dies

It’s no secret — is it? — that the newspaper industry is in bad shape. The Twin Cities, of course, still has two newspapers, but supporting two is going to be tough in the years ahead.

It’s true that many people wouldn’t mind seeing a few newspapers die. Still, there’s something that’s especially sad when they do. Say what you will about the political leanings of your favorite rag, but newspapers — along with soldiers, good citizens and, yes, even lawyers — are one of the reasons we still have the rights we still have.

A newspaper is circling the drain in Cincinnati where the Post is ending 126 years of service.

There won’t even be a glass of champagne hoisted, as the bosses have warned employees against bringing booze into work on the last day.

One hopes we’ll never experience such a scene here. The odds, however, say we will.

  • B2

    Once bought one of those antique newspapers you can order with a birth date (1898)for someone who was turning 100- the New York Post I think it was. We carefully peeled back the crumbling pages after reading the day’s headlines. Don’t remember what they were – it was a quiet day. It was full of things no one knew would be interesting later. Ladies’ dresses on sale for $2, news from the front in wars everyone has forgotten (Spanish American War – quick, when, where, why), social items from Park Avenue when Central Park was the outback. Question – what will replace touching paper that is 100 years old and looking back through that spyglass?

    Will factoids stored on the internet be as tasty? Will internet or other digital storage be that good? I checked on some not-so-old saved emails yesterday and Netscape/AOL had deleted their contents, only the headers remained of a friend’s photo of 20-below on his houseboat and another friend’s first announcement of his engagement.