Back To The Coffee House, For Sure

Every now and then, a member of our staff turns up at a news-stand, produces oldstyle coin or paper money and buys the odd magazin or newspaper. Strictly singular for we have canceled all subscriptions we have ever had.

And while tinytalk plc. has completely given up on killing trees and printing on rags many years ago, our stuffers still enjoy reading in the bathing tube and on the occasional busride, both environments, we deem, where print on paper in all its ruggedness, flexibility and its lack of disturbing links still has the advantage when it comes to the enjoyment of consuming what talented professional writers, photographers and art department people are still able to communicate by these outdated means. The gems get fewer but are still there. On weekends more often then on workdays.

You get all of this and more as a surplus value with a "Kleiner Brauner" in Vienna coffee houses

Long introduction aside, what we really have come to write about today, is a grand special that the Economist, which is in the list of print products we occasionally peruse, put together for its latest number. That special is about the future of news media, a topic we are obviously interested in.

THREE hundred years ago news travelled by word of mouth or letter, and circulated in taverns and coffee houses in the form of pamphlets, newsletters and broadsides. “The Coffee houses particularly are very commodious for a free Conversation, and for reading at an easie Rate all manner of printed News,” noted one observer. Everything changed in 1833 when the first mass-audience newspaper, the New York Sun, pioneered the use of advertising to reduce the cost of news, thus giving advertisers access to a wider audience. At the time of the launch America’s bestselling paper sold just 4,500 copies a day; the Sun, with its steam press, soon reached 15,000. The penny press, followed by radio and television, turned news from a two-way conversation into a one-way broadcast, with a relatively small number of firms controlling the media.

Here then be the link to their special report that tries to explain, how the news industry is returning to something that might be closer to the coffee house of yonder years. Give it a try, it is worth the read and justifies the money that we have spent despite of online free content and all.

Three More Things

All of this sure rings a bell with us, for, at least as students and as budding professionals we have read far more issues of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Le Monde, the New York Times and the Daily Gleaner in a coffeehouse than at home.

It is a pity that the scan of the Economist's front in the online edition is so badly resolved. We think it is nice drawing: I saw her on ThouTube. 'Twas Ghastly. - I hear Tom Paine's all a-twitter. - Wilt Thou be my Visagebook friend? Funny to old farts like us, for sure.

The special also provided us with a nice new acronym for our glossary of unusual vocabulary and acronyms in tinytalk (GUVAIT): PFKAA, pronounced pee-eff-kaa, meaning: People Formerly Known As The Audience. Before that we used to call them KTMIFO (kay-tee-myfo), the krill that the media industry feeds on. Definitely a move to the better (DMB).

last updated: 13.07.19 11:04

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