Posts tagged as newspapers

Postmodern Love, by Erin Somers

The writer Erin Somers sits down to write a "Modern Love" column1. The subject is the truncated, never-realized dalliance between herself and D.2 The convention of masking identities in essayistic, first person writing with a single initial serves the dual purposes of protecting the privacy of the party under discussion and lending an illusion of truth to the narrative. Behold: a story so painful, so juicy, so heartrendingly true that the author feels uneasy disclosing real names. That the author feels driven by basic human decency to shield the individual (whom she has rendered in maybe not-so-flattering prose, but for whom she still maintains lingering affection) from potential violence on the part of her readership who may [...]

'The Onion' Is Ending Its Print Publication Entirely

The Onion will stop publishing its last few print publications this December. Crain's Chicago Business reports that the newspaper version of the long-running satirical publication, which is now only distributed in Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence, will stop after Dec. 12's issue. The paper had been around for 25 years, since The Onion began in Madison back in 1988. It launched its website in 1996, and now will move entirely into digital and its "new creative service for advertisers."

There have been a lot of changes over the years at The Onion. The company moved its editorial staff to Chicago last year, much to the disappointment of many of its writers.

Update: [...]

W. Bruce Cameron and the Decline of the Newspaper Humor Column

Everyone who fondly remembers opening up an actual, physical newspaper to the page of their favorite weekly humor columnist will probably enjoy reading this interview with columnist W. Bruce Cameron on the occasion of his retirement. He talks about starting his column via email, a relatively new medium in 1995:

That was back in the days when you didn’t mind if your Uncle Harry sent you something that he’d picked up on the Internet. You didn’t mind and you read the whole thing and then it said, “Send your e-mail to this address to subscribe,” and you’d be like, “Oh, yeah. I’ll do that,” you know? When you [...]