Newsweek R.I.P.

Hardly shocking when a print publication closes these days. Newsweek announced today it would stop its glossy paper edition by the end of this year and continue as an online-only subscriber-only entity.

I’m old enough to remember when Newsweek was the younger, hipper alternative to stately old Time, but its hipness during the Tina Brown era wasn’t for me nor, apparently for enough paying customers to keep it afloat.

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by William Goff on 10/18/2012 - 02:13 pm.

    Tina Brown

    Frankly, the direction Tina Brown took the magazine caused us to jump ship last year, after over 20 years. The magazine in the last couple years was a disaster!

  2. Submitted by Sherry Gunelson on 10/18/2012 - 03:49 pm.

    Newsweek

    I agree William. The magazine has gotten terrible. I switched to the on-line version of Time and was eagerly waiting for my Newsweek subscription to expire. Never pay for 3 years in advance!

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/18/2012 - 09:49 pm.

    The lesson here is

    when a national news magazine goes out of its way to alienate more than half of its potential readers, bankruptcy will eventually follow.

    The market has spoken.

  4. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 10/19/2012 - 09:20 am.

    Time and Newsweek.

    When I was younger I used to have to get allergy shots every weekend. The wait before and after the shots was long enough for me to read both Time and Newsweek every week. When I started college I added the Nation and Progressive to my repertoire and my horizons generally expanded.

    I became radicalized at university and crossed over from being a conservative to being liberal- very liberal. Now I don’t imagine anyone’s that interested in my biography so I’ll get to the point. One day I finally realized that Time and Newsweek had generally been a waste of my time for so many years. I remember that day clearly; I was riding the bus back from campus and reading about the savings and loan collapse. This collapse due to deregulation had been predicted years earlier in the pages of the Nation, “Z” magazine, and the Progressive, but hailed as necessary reform in the pages of Newsweek and Time. I suddenly realized that of all the dire warnings and predictions I had read in the pages of Newsweek and Time, unlike other sources, I couldn’t think of a single one that had come to pass. For instance both magazines had bemoaned the defense cuts and warned that the US no longer had the ability to fight wars. I remember when I was conservative arguing with a Democratic congressmen (based on Newsweek information) that we didn’t have enough planes to transport our troops anymore! The Abrams tank was supposed to be a disaster incapable of dealing with soviet T-72s! The first Gulf war shattered that anxiety. I stopped reading Time and Newsweek and was better off for it. Every time I picked up a copy at the barber shop or somewhere else it only confirmed judgement.

    Here’s the thing: I’ve always thought it was weird that conservatives would point to Time or Newsweek as “liberal” media. When I was a conservative these magazine informed my conservative worldview, that’s all I read aside from the newspaper. Anyone know how Time is doing?

  5. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 10/19/2012 - 11:37 am.

    Tina

    Newsweek was in a death spiral long before Tina took over. In this internet world, Newsweek simply didn’t solve the problem of what a weekly print magazine should be. Time magazine hasn’t either, but as the industry leader it’s better position to survive at least for a little bit longer.

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