On Friday the Rocky Mountain News closed shop for good. This was one of two major newspapers in the Denver area, and was a few days shy of its 150th birthday. This is a paper that was founded before the civil war, had tons of history, and a terrific reputation. What’s saddest is that hundreds of people who worked for the Rocky Mountain News and the businesses that supported it will now be out of jobs in one of the toughest economies in decades.
This was not unpredictable, nor was it unsuspected, and this is just the beginning. The big comet called “New Media” fell to the earth about 12 years ago, clouding over the sun of Old Media, and here we are a decade later, the Old Media Ice Age is beginning, and the dinosaurs are falling over, while the mammals scurry to find better shelter.
This is The Way Things Are Meant To Be.