Death of the dinosaurs

And good riddance to them:

Print circulation continues on its steep downward slide, the Audit Bureau of Circulations revealed this morning in releasing the latest numbers for some of the country’s largest dailies in the six-month period ending March 31, 2008. When a full analysis appears it is expected to find, according to sources, the biggest dip yet, about 3.5% daily and 4.5 for Sunday….

The New York Times lost more than 150,000 copies on Sunday. Circulation on that day fell a whopping 9.2% to 1,476,400. The paper’s daily circulation declined 3.8% to 1,077,256.

There are few things that please me more than watching television and newspaper audiences decline. It’s hard to decide which I despise more, television talking-heads or newspaper journalists, so it’s incredibly amusing to watch them act as if they are still not only relevant, but central to American daily life.