I’ve written before about the power of newspaper headlines and the internet’s inability, so far, to emulate that sense of potency and urgency.
As if to underline the point, someone over at the CreativeCloud blog has compiled a pictorial list of the 15 most iconic newspaper headlines ever.
Now, you can argue whether this largely US-centric list does indeed constitute the most iconic, but all illustrate the ability of print to convey big news.
What’s interesting to note about many of the examples is that – even in the pre-internet age – they were not announcing the news.
Take ‘Mandela Goes Free Today’ or, as pictured, The Daily Telegraph’s ‘War on America’ published on 12 September 2001.
In both cases the newspaper is capturing and/or defining a moment. It’s a role that newspapers still do today, whether it is a public moment or a private moment.
And we’ll miss it when it’s gone.