Of course, the erosion of newspaper circulations is now an old story. We all still love to read news, but most of us simply do not sit down and read the paper anymore. But it was fun to see -- and recall -- that the news reading culture was so different such a short time ago.
As the co-editor-in-chief of my high school's journalism program and a soon-to-be college journalism major, by far the most common question I'm asked is "Isn't journalism dying? How are you going to get a job?" This is my answer: Journalism is not dying. It's evolving.
The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson explores what makes Calvin & Hobbes so special, beloved, and influential, and why its creator was willing to take on newspapers and the comics industry not only to serve his creation, but comics in general.
The newspaper industry might have dodged the 8 ball if they had skipped the salons where they talk to each other and instead realized that they are a service industry (yes, like a lawn service or even cable news) and thus evolved to meet the needs of their customers.
One of the great achievements of the Internet has been the explosion of websites, blogs, etc. dedicated to politics and the news. This very same achievement, however, has paradoxically resulted in the erosion of a common frame of reference for understanding the news.