An Era Passes…

November 16, 2009

…due to what seems a standard bankruptcy, but may also be symptomatic of changes in the wider media world, as more and more content moves off of newsprint and on to screens: the Washington Blade has gone out of business. I remember when it was an 11″x17″ folded and saddle-stapled newsletter that was handed out at meetings and was available in just a couple of places in Washington, D.C. Then it gained advertisers, circulation, and availability as public acceptance of gay people grew, including, for example, lots of full-page ads aimed at gay couples who were buying houses, furniture, cars, and other things that straight couples bought. And now it’s joined a lot of mainstream newspapers in bankruptcy court. Well, nothing lasts forever.

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Adam Allouba November 16, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Gee, Tom, that’s quite the typo in your last sentence… you accidentally wrote, “Well, nothing lasts forever” when we all know what you meant is, “Call your congressman now to demand a bailout.”

How very 2007 of you! 😉

Tom G. Palmer November 16, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Adam,

You’re right. How sad. (And notice that the trigger in this case seems to have been failure to follow the requirements of…a Small Business Administration loan. I wonder if President Obama will make a phone call to personally organize a rescue. Probably not…not enough votes.)

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