Here’s a fun, albeit slightly creepy, little quip that caught my eye yesterday. The data isn’t surprising and the ironic use of Barbie isn’t entirely original, but still the graphic grabbed me… Probably because it came from last month’s National Georgraphic, where its contrast felt a bit more pronounced:
Digital media and print media really don’t get along very well. Video has made a pretty smooth and natural feeling transition… Music had a bit of a tougher time thanks to Napster and Lars Ulrich, but it eventually made the leap… With print, people just don’t want to let it go. To those people I say, have faith in the economics behind your consumption. If you and someone else love a good ol’ paperback and you demonstrate that love by buying paperbacks, you’re going to still get paperbacks… You can still buy records and push-mowers can’t you?
I don’t really care what happens to the printed medium, but there is one aspect I’ll miss: Science magazines. They’re cheap, shiny, and have perfected the use of white-space which, if you recall, is a huge turn on for me. Anyway, with the possibility that the extinction event for shiny magazines is on the horizon, I feel I should share my stimulating finds from print in the form of Quick-Quips.
Leading off is some of the science behind the equipment Felix Baumgartner used for his Stratos jump, straight from Science Illustrated: