I usually buy a Sunday newspaper for several reasons. The wife likes going through the ads and I browse the news and sports sections. But as I previously mentioned, the newspaper of late has shrunk down to about 1/2 of what it had been, yet the price went up to $2. So this Sunday I decided to skip the paper.
As many of you know, I write a bi-weekly computer column for a local newspaper back in California. During the past few months the newspaper was reorganizing and my column was put on hold. Though I had submitted a column last week, I was unsure if it would get printed or not. So today’s email came as no surprise. I wasn’t fired. I wasn’t laid off. I was a victim of the shrinking paper. No space for me any longer. But there were some kind words that if space became available, I would be the first one they called.
Welcome to the recession. I don’t buy a Sunday paper, which has an effect on the local paper here. In California, as revenues shrink and people stop buying papers, the paper size shrinks, and with it I am shrunken out of a column.
I seriously doubt I will be writing another column for the paper. Printed newspapers and magazines may go the way of the dodo bird. The Internet has taken over as our main source of news, entertainment, and communication.