Ed Driscoll

Predictions From The Disco Era--And Beyond

Glenn Reynolds links to a post that contains a quote from 1978 which accurately predicted the death of the printed newspaper as the online world took off.

But long before the dreaded Days of Disco, Arthur C. Clarke made a similar prediction during the Johnson era.

As I wrote in “Atlas Mugged“–and thank you for all of the posts linking to it!–Clarke, Marshall McLuhan and Alvin Toffler had all made predictions as early as the mid-1960s which predicted the demise of the newspaper as a physical medium. And like the quote from the 1970s linked to above, they all went unheeded by the newspaper industry, which is paying the price today.