Posted at 2:00 PM Oct 06, 2009
By Kiala Kazebee
Yesterday, Conde Nast announced it would shutter four of its "underperforming" magazines--Gourmet, Cookie, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride. Foodie legend and Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl is out of a job and quite honestly, this should scare the living crap out of traditional journalists. If a woman as well-respected and savvy as Reichl (she interviewed MFK Fisher for christ's sake!) can be laid off, then what hope is there for everyone else? I have this picture in my head of dozens of old-school news and magazine writers gathered around a laptop, weeping softly into their um..pens, or whatever it is they use.
Or maybe instead of the weeping, they host dinner parties in their fancy New York apartments and laugh about the good old days of yore--when the "internet" was something poor people did to entertain themselves because they were too plebeian for the glamor and pageantry of the New York publishing literati, and God help the web-savvy young things with their snark and state college journalism degrees and how very sad it was for the unconnected and let's call them "mis-educated" masses.
Okay yes, I'm a little bitter.