Chris Rose: Digital news

File/AP Photo
File/AP Photo

There were many in this town, like me, who figured that once the Times-Picayune went to publishing just three times a week, they would immediately see the grievous error in their ways and return to their full daily schedule.


And there were many, like me, who figured that once the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate started delivering to New Orleans a daily newspaper brimming with captivating features and hard hitting exposes about life in the Big Easy that we would forget the Times-Picayune ever existed.


Well, it's been a month now.

The Times-Picayune comes out three times a week. The Morning Advocate is what it is. And we're all still here.

The world didn't end.

Each of us has adapted in our own ways. I read the Picayune when it comes out, the Advocate when I can find it, neither of which is often enough.

I am buying USA Today because I have to read something, anything, in the morning or I am not whole with the world.

I am also buying more magazines to fill the breech; my need for the printed fix is no less than a junkie's tweak for more dope.

It is in me. I need news. I need information.

And I don't own an e-tablet or an iWhatever and so I am lost and getting loster.

Because it turns out the Times-Picayune's retreat from hard copy into the digital world of information delivery was only the beginning, the first of the dominoes to tumble down.

In a stroke that partly vindicates and partly validates the newspaper's decision to leave old world codgers like me behind, Newsweek magazine recently announced that it, too, is abandoning its printed edition at the end of year and taking its entire operation online.

Newsweek. The venerable, venerated and, it turns out, completely negligible Newsweek.

OK, now the world is ending.

The message is clear: This is the future, and the future is digital.

It is time to adapt or perish.

Or maybe it's time to revert to a medium much overlooked in all this kerfuffle about content delivery – back to one of the original forms of electronic media.

Your old, steady friend, the television.

We've always loved you. We'll never leave you.