Newspaper Extinction Timeline

We live in times of extraordinary change. For years I have read a morning newspaper at breakfast, as part of my routine for waking up and getting thought processes going. According to Ross Dawson, a “globally recognized leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author” (his description), newspapers are going the way of the dinasours in a few decades at most. Above is a graphic of when the newspapers in various countries are predicted to disappear. Dawson says:

Part of the point I wanted to make was that this date is different for every country. As such I have created a Newspaper Extinction Timeline that maps out the wide diversity in how quickly we can expect newspapers to remain significant around the world. First out is USA in 2017, followed by UK and Iceland in 2019 and Canada and Norway in 2020. In many countries newspapers will survive the year 2040.

He goes on to list all the drivers that are making this change happen. Of course, this contention has caused a lot of comments on the article, which are also interesting to read. What do you think? (GW)

Launch of Newspaper Extinction Timeline for every country in the world | Trends in the Living Network | Ross Dawson | 31 October 2010

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