The Future History of the Newspaper Industry

Friday, August 01, 2014


For as long as the newspaper industry has existed, people have been prognosticating about what it would look like in the future. Last year Bob spoke with Matt Novak, the author of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog, about these predictions - some of which have been much more accurate than others.


Matt Novak

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Comments [3]

Teresa Martin from Eastham, MA

I wrote & executive produced the "Tablet Vision" while at the Knight Ridder's Information Design Lab, where we did the table newspaper prototype. Other influencers for us there were Ted Nelson's even earlier 1960 Xanadu book and project, as well as project from various R&D groups around the world. We were trying to rethink what newspapers could be ... and we didn't all agree with each other either :-) As for broadband ... it was the early ATM trial days and even in academic computing it wasn't clear that broadband would be ubiquitous and affordable. We pictured a sort of "digital newsboy" that you'd drop your tablet into and get the news. Or maybe have it delivered to a base station at home overnight...

BTW, clearer rendered version of video quoted in the article -

- Teresa

Aug. 05 2014 02:38 PM
Douglas from El Paso

When I'm riding a bus or subway, I want other passengers to notice what book or newspaper I'm reading because conversations that I've had with fellow passengers often began with their noticing what I was reading or vice versa. That's not possible with tablets and e-readers. Moreover, printed books and periodicals provide exposure of publishers' products that is not possible with digital media.

Aug. 02 2014 10:52 AM
JohnDay from Foxboro, MA

The "prior art" for the iPad was not the 90s newspaper article you cited, but Dynabook from the famous oversized book of the 1974 Computer Lib/DreamMachines by Ted Nelson:

That book and Doug Englebart's NLS ( were an inspiration for many of us. I have always thought that to some extent for what became the rest of his life Steve Job swith his special sense of design was pursuing those Dream Machines. It is unfortunate that he died when he did. He had accomplished what was in DreamMachines. I would have liked to see what he thought was next.
Take care,
John Day

Aug. 02 2014 07:54 AM

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