Friday, January 30, 2009

The Newspaper Industry Can't Say They Weren't Warned...

Take a look at this news report on "electronic newspapers" from 1981 (via @johncabell)



I was stunned by the editor of the S.F. Examiner who said that it was just an experiment and they didn't plan to make any money from it. Well, maybe not in 1981, but the fact that 500 of the 2,000 people in the Bay Area with computers subscribed to the "electronic" version should have been a bit of a clue that things just might shift if computers became cheap and ubiquitous.

Guess nobody thought the technology would change. Wow. You'd think we were still using crystal sets rather than transistor radios or something....

If there's one thing that's constant, it's that technology changes. Think about it...

1 comment:

everythingcu said...

That news story is beyond awesome. Wow, $5.00 per hour connect time on the modem. It was probably 300 baud rate or less. I hate to say it, but I remember those days....
-Morriss