At age 67, Tom Brokaw - typical of Baby Boomers - is still in touch with the times. Maybe leaving the daily grind to someone else at NBC has even given him a fresh perspective. So leave it to Tom to deliver the news to the folks at the Washington Post, during a recent tour of their plant, that he doubts they'll even have a printing press there in 10 years.
And really, why should consumers care? Ask Gen-Y how they get their news and information, last night's scores, or the latest music. Many laugh at the quaint suggestion that they might want someone on a bicycle to deliver a daily printout that's hours old. Or that they'd wait through 5 minutes of commercials and 5 bad songs.
Brokaw didn't say there wouldn't still be a need for news journalists, but that there may not be much of a need for newspaper. Oh, but the "paperboy" is as American as apple pie! He's downright Rockwellian! Of course, so were milkmen and ice truck drivers, even though we now drink refrigerated milk without their help.