The video is funny, but the subject matter not so much. The fate of newspapers is pretty grim. We don’t feel it yet here in the Philippines, but technologically advanced countries like the US do. Newspapers have closed, and creative people are getting laid off slowly but surely. Some publications have gone web-only.
But HOLD THE PRESSES! I think I may have a solution! Oh ho yes, I do!
What if, in the future, print newspapers become completely “print on demand”? Newspaper dispensers in the street wouldn’t contain newspapers but a printer and a whole lotta paper. If someone wants a print version of the newspaper, they can just get one from the dispenser.
BUT HERE’S WHAT’S INTERESTING!
The dispenser/printer prints only the most up to date news, depending on what time of day you buy the newspaper. Let’s say there’s a developing story, like an Election where results are coming in all day. You buy a newspaper at 10am and you get the results that are currently available at 10am. When you buy the newspaper at 3pm, you get the results that are currently available at 3pm.
Feature articles, reviews,cartoons, editorials, etc. get a maximum life of like 24 hours before being replaced, but news change minute by minute, second by second.
The newspaper you get may well be different from the newspaper the guy ahead in line got just a few seconds before!
In this setup, only those who want print will get theirs in print, while those who want to read it online can still continue to read it online.
Hey, you heard it here first!!