The Death Knell of Print Newspapers and Magazines – It Started in the Bathroom
I have seen the death of printed newspapers and magazines.
It all started with a full bladder. Seeking relief I headed towards the men’s room. As I approached it, I noticed the odd sight of a gentleman ahead of me approaching the same chamber with a laptop in his hands, screen up.
Entering right behind him, I saw him make a beeline for a stall.
I noted that this particular men’s room had an empty magazine rack and wondered if the fellow had a wireless Internet connection on the laptop as I broke off in the other direction for the urinals.
What does a man do with a laptop while perched on the toilet?
Perhaps he was using the heat of power source to keep his lap warm while his trousers were dropped.
Was he working on a spreadsheet? Reading e-mail? Browsing a newspaper’s website? Downloading a Harlequin eBook? Enjoying Playboy.com or something even more adventurous?
The loud plop coming from the other side of the men’s room seemed to rule out a more adventurous activity, but it caused concern of the laptop taking some splash-back if it wasn’t properly shielded. Alas, this doesn’t bode well for the print publishers. In recent years, print advocates would list the bathroom as one of those places where hard copy just couldn’t be replaced.
That’s not what I saw today, so I suppose are left with two interpretations: either it’s a sad day for print publishers… or that guy was just a real freak.