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Each generation seems to think that it's the first to imagine radical change in the newspaper industry. The predictions of futuristic robot editors? They date back to at least 1968. Tablet news? At least 1994. Printing the news by radio right in your home? 1934.
"What for example could be staler than to-morrow morning's newspaper account of a prize-fight or political convention one has already received over the radio?" wrote one commentator in 1928. Radio was overtaking print as the news medium of the day and some people insisted that newspapers were going to disappear completely. And with that, "serious" reporting would go the way of the dodo. Sound familiar?
Otto A. Silha, was a pretty forward-thinking guy -- especially in an industry that we think of today as tremendously resistant to change. Silha was the publisher of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspapers, and he was known for embracing new technologies in the publishing business. He was enthusiastic about computers, networking, and the tools that he thought would make his business most efficient: robot editors.
I print nearly everything: boarding passes, itineraries and all the online papers that I use for research to write this blog. I know this makes me a weirdo -- these things don't "need" to be converted to paper form. But believe it or not I'm living much closer to the paper-filled future that was imagined for most of the 20th century. Paperless office my arse.
If you've ever read the newspaper in a library or a cafe, you've probably used those long wooden holders that help make them slightly easier to wrangle without tearing the pages and impossible to pilfer. But an ad agency in Switzerland found a way to make them even more useful with invisible LED news tickers that enhance the day-old papers with the latest headlines.
The New York Times already gave us a preview of its brighter, cleaner and all around more beautiful website earlier this year. But starting tomorrow the redesign will be here to stay. And, to celebrate, the New York Times is showing off just how customisable (and GIF-able) it's new homepage will be.
Today, we take for granted the ability to send photos halfway around the world in an instant. (Which is probably why that popular smartphone photograph service is called Instant-Gram™.) But a century ago, getting a photograph across an ocean was a much more involved process than simply snapping a mirror selfie and publishing it to 3000 of your closest friends.
=) -_- T_T =P ;) Oh, the emoticon. Depending on who you're talking to (or I guess texting to? messaging to?) at the moment, emoticons can be as common as some words. When did they first start showing up? Did people write letters with smileys and frowny faces? Were typewriters used to express emotion through symbols? Maybe. Apparently, the first emoticons were used in 1881.
As soon as the New York Times first hit us with its paywall back in 2011, industrious little news fiends all over the internet began looking for ways to get around it -- and it didn't take long. One of the simplest holes simply required you to delete a few characters at the end of the URL. Well, those glory days are over.
The Kronen Zeitung is Austria's largest newspaper, with a daily readership of around three million people. Yesterday, those readers were treated to the image on the left of war-torn Aleppo, bombed out and desperate -- but that wasn't the scene at all. As one sharp-eyed Redditor points out, it was just another Photoshop job.