2015 was a great year for Patel. He had an opportunity to interview high-profile individuals - including the former Director of the CIA. He published a book and he secured a deal to co-author another book with a Hollywood producer and screenwriter.
In terms of journalism, of expression, of voice, of fine reporting and superb writing, of a range of news, thoughts, views, perspectives, and opinions about places, worlds, and phenomena that I wouldn't otherwise have known about, there has never been an experimental moment like this. I'm in awe.
Publishers don't decide which books they're going to publish while sitting alone in a dark room with one little lamp burning. It's not a secretive process and it's not just a matter of a singular person's whims or personal tastes.
As daily Internet usage becomes increasingly ubiquitous, suddenly people have started going online, specifically to social media networks like Reddit or Facebook, to get their news and print media syndications have begun to die off as a result.
Sadly, I don't think it will necessarily be printing costs that lead to their ultimate demise. As long as metro dailies remain "masters of none," the specialists will continue to siphon-off their readers and their revenue.
Newspapers aren't even going the way of airlines, nickel and diming us for what we came to expect. They've simply eliminated a lot of the content from what we're paying for or making us spend time hunting online for stuff which was once right in front of us.