After writing about the end of the print version of Maxim in the post on this blog about the demise of the Lads’ Mag, I’ve just found out The Ecologist is about to close down its print edition after 40 years. Those predictions about the end of traditional print journalism may be [slowly] coming true. The last print edition will be in July.
Clay Shirky the US writer covers the exodus to online publishing on his blog here if you’re interested in reading more about this. And if you’re not, this excerpt from his article nicely sums it up and could also be applied to the many changing models brought about by the impact of technology on society, beyond the media:“When we shift our attention from ‘save newspapers’ to ’save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to work.”