Here’s an issue of the San Francisco Call from 1896 compared to a recent page from the 2014 Los Angeles Times.
The Shrinking U.S. Newspaper, 1989 – 2014
The Shrinking U.S. Newspaper, 1964 – 2011
It looks like the L.A. Times has reached tabloid width. Now all they have to do is lop off a few inches at the bottom (about where that bar is) and it will be a full-on tabloid. When I used to read the Times in the 1960s and 1970s I knew it had become a very good (and very hefty) paper, but I had no idea I was living in a golden age that would end in my lifetime. It’s sad to see the newspaper shriveling away to a husk.
But on the up side, I’m sure fewer people now get hernias from hoisting the Sunday edition off the lawn. They just get carpel tunnel syndrome from clicking and scrolling their mouse.
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