I saw a few weeks ago where Newsweek is ending their physical print publication and going to an on-line only format. A lot of publications that once were successful in print are finding out that it's difficult to sell enough advertising to make an e-zine profitable. The other major problem is that the Internet has become ubiquitous with "free" information, so very few companies are making money from subscribers paying to view online material. It's also very difficult to protect that intellectual property from being copied and redistributed. It may be less expensive and a whole lot faster to "publish" online, but that has led to articles being posted that are not as well sourced, or as well written. Even articles from the AP, online, are full of spelling and grammatical errors that my 10th grade AP English teacher would have lost her old German mind over!
There was a time when folks were happy to pay for a newspaper or a quality magazine, and books were revered for the tomes of information they are. That was when things didn't change all that much, whereas these days it seems like what you thought you knew is all different 6 months later. The "information highway" has led to information OVERLOAD, and the simple pleasure of reading the morning paper or settling in with a good book has been replaced with snippets of (poorly-written) news blurbs that more often sensationalize than inform.
The death of print media is clear and unavoidable. The DEARTH of quality online media is just as obvious but, there doesn't seem to be any indication that it will ever be as informative or substantive as the better channels of print media we have heretofore enjoyed. (Well, I've enjoyed it, anyway.)
I recently bought two new books; one was a physical print book and the other, an e-book version of something that is currently out of print. One is tangible. It has mass and substance. I can "feel" it. The other is informative and actually is well-written, but it's an electronic file
...not a book. I can't develop a feeling for a file. I can't cherish a file. It's not real, in the same sense that a book, is real.
Maybe I'm just getting old.