February 10, 2010 24 Comments
by Elias Shams
The days of buying my Washington Post newspaper, heading to Tryst or another local coffee shop and slowly starting to flirt with the ladies next to me is all O.V.E.R. Thanks to Steve Jobs and his new toys, iPhone and iPad.
The ladies these days are so engaged with their iPhones, and iPads soon – touching the screen, playing games, surfing the web, checking out pictures, that no chance in hell they find me more interesting than what they will see and read on their iPad screen. I have to come up with a new approach now. Crap! All that years of flirting techniques using the Newspaper as a tool is over.
Yup! It looks like the old business model of the Newspapers is toast. We all know it. It’s just that some can’t quite cope with the change yet, myself included. You see it daily at most newspapers–where classified, real estate and auto advertising has been sucked in to the black hole of the Internet. In response, massive cost cutting and layoffs have created print publications that are shells of their former selves. Read more…