The last print issue of Newsweek has disappeared into bird cages everywhere, and the overriding meme in the media was one of the rise of digital and the death of print.
As a longtime recipient of a Newsweek gift subscription, I’d like to point out that Newsweek died years before the Daily Beast takeover — when it became a terrible, terrible magazine.
Over the last few years I read it more out of amusement than interest, and suspect what readership remained were little more than victims of inertia.
After it “merged” with the Daily Beast it was transformed from irrelevant and inarticulate to largely absurd and provocative, and not in any way I’d define as “good.”
Some of the media stories alluded to the magazine’s failure on an editorial level, but most ignored it in favor of a racier storyline.
We’ll see what becomes of the online version, but in truth, I’m happy it won’t clutter my mailbox again (maybe I’ll get a gift subscription to The Economist). The death of print magazines? Well, more the death of poor-quality print magazines.
Keep writing, Tom Chandler.