I notice a trend around these parts to follow in the footsteps of those who predict the imminent implosion of dinosaur or zombie media. True, newspaper after newspaper is folding, fewer and fewer people are getting their news from television and radio news sources and so forth.
Radio was going to kill the newspaper. It didn’t.
Television was going to kill radio and the newspaper. It didn’t.
The internet has been just about to kill radio, television and the newspaper for a few years now. And (you guessed it!) it hasn’t.
Old technologies hardly ever go away completely. There are still buggy whip manufacturers, for instance, although now most of their clientele is in San Fransisco, featured in a Zombie Time special, usually. Despite the advent of digital video, you can still buy movie film, yes movie film, if you know where to look. Despite the advent of digital still images that are finally almost as good as 35mm negative film (Don’t get me started on the superiority of slide film. Just don’t.), Fuji, Kodak and Ilford are still being sold in reasonable quantities from Adorama and B&H. Sure, you can no longer get them in the 20 pack as you once could, but the 5 pack is nearly as convenient.
There are even damned fools wasting their time learning how to knap flint spearheads and hunt boars the really old fashioned way.
I bet most of them vote Republican.