Print is dead. Ghosts are taking over the city. Cats and dogs, living together.

print is dead

A lot of people say that new technologies have replaced print media. But since that claim is constantly being made, as if it’s a brand new revelation, there is some confusion as to when, exactly, our society became so advanced that the printed word became obsolete.

The Fiction Advocate has the answer.

These immortal words were uttered onscreen on June 8, 1984.

Janine Melnitz: You’re very handy, I can tell. I bet you like to read a lot, too.

Dr. Egon Spengler: Print is dead.

Janine Melnitz: Oh, that’s very fascinating to me. I read a lot myself. Some people think I’m too intellectual but I think it’s a fabulous way to spend your spare time. I also play raquetball. Do you have any hobbies?

Dr. Egon Spengler: I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

You hear that? The guy who collects spores, molds, and fungus says that everything published since 1984 is bupkis.


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