Dan Pink saw it coming. Newsweek has announced it will stop publishing and go all digital after nearly 80 years in print. I’ve read Newsweek cover to cover every week since I was in high school, though in recent years I admit my loyalty has frayed at the edges. I’m saying goodbye with zero guilt and a twinge of relief, as to a houseguest who has overstayed their welcome.
Though I faithfully subscribed to Newsweek in print, there’s no way it is worth it to me to pay for an online subscription. Which makes me wonder why? If the true value is the content, the news and analysis, why does the format matter so much?
Weather Beacon Black
The WSJ informed me this morning that the lights went out on another venerable institution from my youth as the Des Moines Weather Beacon shut down.
I grew up in the tiny town of State Center, Iowa, just 45 miles or so east of Des Moines. We couldn’t see the Weather Beacon from my house or anything, but KCCI news was a regular presence in our house and the Weather Beacon’s handy couplets are burned in my brain.
Weather Beacon white, colder weather is in sight.
Weather Beacon red, warmer weather is ahead.