W. Bruce Cameron and the Decline of the Newspaper Humor Column


Everyone who fondly remembers opening up an actual, physical newspaper to the page of their favorite weekly humor columnist will probably enjoy reading this interview with columnist W. Bruce Cameron on the occasion of his retirement. He talks about starting his column via email, a relatively new medium in 1995:

That was back in the days when you didn’t mind if your Uncle Harry sent you something that he’d picked up on the Internet. You didn’t mind and you read the whole thing and then it said, “Send your e-mail to this address to subscribe,” and you’d be like, “Oh, yeah. I’ll do that,” you know? When you get something like that now, you know, there’s something going around like cute baby fox pictures, you’re like, “I don’t have time for this,” and you delete it without even looking at it.