Late last week Nilay Patel at The Verge asked me to write a brief piece about the death of Macworld in print and of computer magazines in general. I couldn’t say no.
Still, imagine a time when there was no The Verge, no Ars Technica, no Engadget or Gizmodo, no tech sites of any kind. It was an information desert. Mentions of computers on the TV news or in the newspaper were simplified and often laughably wrong. Those monthly computer magazines were all we had to sustain us. They were a sign that other people cared about the same stuff we did, before the Internet made us all realize that none of us is a unique and special snowflake. They were awesome, and if they’re not all gone quite yet, they will be soon. So it goes.