One other consideration about the death of the newspaper industry that occurred to me last night (nevermind at what time): If print editions and deliveries go away, how will we know when it’s too late to be coming home from a night out?
This used to be the benchmark: if you could stop on your way home from the bar or a party and get that day’s newspaper or see people hawking the amNY by the subway, you know your night was indeed a long one. If you made it back home before that first whack of the paper hit a doorstep on your block, your march had just fallen short of qualifying for the Walk of Shame (or Stride of Pride*, depending on your perspective).
So what then are the new media model-era signposts of a night that has probably carried on far too long?
- It’s the only time of day when no one on the entire planet shows up in your Facebook chat list
- Gawker has already revealed the mystery blind item subjects of the day
- Last night’s epiosde of The Daily Show is starting its third rerun
- Even ?uesto and MC Hammer are done twittering for the day
- Your juiced-up iPhone battery life is sputtering to an end
- More of your journalist friends have already received their morning lay-off notices
- The sun has risen in your Gmail beach theme
- Missed Connections are already up from the bar you just left
- People have already posted, and commented on, embarrassing pictures of you from the night out before you can untag yourself
- That one bizarre show on Fox News that’s almost, sort of kinda fun to watch is still on
- Newspaper web sites have yet to fix their misspelled headlines (though some never seem to) [UPDATE: Edenfield has since fixed the hede]
- Your Google Reader is already back at 1000+ after you zeroed it out the day before
- Just ask the milkman, I guess
Got any others?
[With contributions from Jeff Vrabel]
* Note to Terps: that’s right, Lissa Barker’s column is still online. Excerpt:
“You picked him up for a reason, honey, so be proud! Do not be afraid to announce, ‘I was just naked with an ACC champion. Where are you coming from?’ to anyone who looks at you the wrong way.”