“Print is Dead.” “Oh, that’s very fascinating to me.”

The Weekly World News “the world’s only reliable newspaper” is ceasing publication. It was just like Lucian’s True History with ugly black and white photos.

The cool thing about reading The Weekly World News was that you never really knew what might lurk on the next page. Other publications were hobbled by the need to seem plausible, or at least possible. The News could, and did, print an interview with Sisyphus after his success in finally rolling the rock uphill. (It was the same year the Red Sox won the World Series, coincidentally.)

Apparently the website will stay live. Well, so what? There’s nothing remarkable about a website that prints a bunch of weird doctored images and false claims that it pretends are true even though both they and we know otherwise. Isn’t that why the “.gov” domain was invented?

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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6 Responses to “Print is Dead.” “Oh, that’s very fascinating to me.”

  1. sboydtaylor says:

    That’s very sad, in a way. I still have a copy of their “Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction are Dinosaurs!” issue.

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