Dead Media

Shel Holtz was in town yesterday to talk about blogging and social media and one of the things he had to say was “social media is changing everything” the other thing he had to say was something along the lines of “[don’t worry] new media never completely kills old media”. Of course to say that old media forms never get killed is a pretty strong statement. Historically, there must be tons of dead media. Help me make a list!

Dead Media!

  • sheet music
  • poetry
  • the fax machine
  • 8 tracks
  • town criers
  • overhead projectors
  • letter writing
  • floppy disks
  • mixed tapes
  • papyrus
  • illustrated manuscripts
  • dotmatrix printers
  • VHS (and Beta)
  • Oral history
  • Latin
  • Morse code (and telegrams)
  • Typewriters
  • Clay Tablets
  • Disco Music
  • Hieroglyphics
  • The Oracle of Delphi
  • Nailing people to crosses (ouch)
  • The Spanish Inquisition
  • Wood block prints
  • Handbills
  • Parchment
  • MS DOS
  • What else can you think of?

BONUS: For your enjoyment, 15 years of songs about Dead Radio:


“we ask for too much I guess, cause all we get is dead disco, dead funk, dead rock ‘n roll…”

“hang the dj, hang the blessed dj, for the music that they constantly play, says nothing to me about my life…”

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