weekly photo challenge: foreshadow

Tuesday, August 6:  This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is foreshadow.

In a post created specifically for this challenge, post a photograph that evokes FORESHADOW to you.  Foreshadow means to show, indicate, or suggest in advance; presage.

Krista Stevens of WordPress writes: This challenge offers some fun opportunities to play — not only with the subject of your photo, but with light, color, and contrast to evoke foreshadow. Perhaps foreshadow is an open bottle of red wine and two wine glasses. Maybe it’s a diamond ring in small velvet box. Maybe it’s a flower bud about to burst into bloom, or the first leaf that turns color on your oak tree. What does foreshadow mean to you? Looking forward to seeing the creative ways in which you portray foreshadow in your posts.

A couple of things have happened since I returned to the USA, which foreshadow changes in the way we’ll read in the future.  Of course, changes in media have already been sweeping the world, but these particular events foreshadow the eventual demise of print media, such as newspapers and books.  For those of us who love the feel of paper and the bulk of a book in our hands, this presages the destruction of a way of life that we hold dear.

This is not exactly great photography, but it does represent the word foreshadow to me.  Yesterday, our venerable area newspaper, The Washington Post, was sold to Amazon.com founder and chief executive officer Jeffrey P. Bezos for $250 million in cash.  The Amazon founder will become the sole owner of the newspaper, but the Seattle-based Amazon will have nothing to do with the running of the newspaper.

The August 6 headlines from yesterday's sale of the Washington Post
The August 6 headlines from yesterday’s sale of the Washington Post

According to an article in The Post, “the newspaper has been Washington’s leading newspaper for decades and a powerful force in shaping the nation’s politics and policy… The institution has covered presidents and local communities and gained worldwide attention for its stories about the Watergate scandal and, in June, disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance programs.”

In the last decade, the paper has suffered the same financial woes that have befallen other newspapers.  The rise of the internet and the change from print to digital technology have created intense competition for traditional news companies, and The Post has not been immune to these forces.

The Graham family has run The Washington Post for 4 generations and this may well foreshadow a major change in the landscape of Washington politics and news reporting.

If you’d like to read more about the sale of Washington’s famous newspaper, please see:

Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon
Forbes: Washington Post Will Sell Newspapers To Jeff Bezos, Change Company Name
Huffington Post: Washington Post Staffers ‘Stunned’ By Sale To Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Hopeful About Future

In the same vein, I returned home from my second year living and working in the Sultanate of Oman to find my favorite Barnes & Noble bookstore in Reston, Virginia permanently closed.   Apparently the bookstore tried to negotiate a lease renewal, and upon failing to receive any reduction in rent, decided to pull up stakes, according to Fairfax-Times.com (Barnes & Noble pulls up stakes in Reston).

this used to be a very popular Barnes & Noble store; now the Container Store will be here
this used to be a very popular Barnes & Noble store; now the Container Store will be here
The vacancy will leave Reston without any retail venues to buy new books. Books-a-Million in Plaza America closed last year.  The Container Store will move into the 25,000 square foot space.

18 thoughts on “weekly photo challenge: foreshadow

    1. Yes, I know, Jo. I’ve been really depressed about both of these things, the Reston bookstore since I got home and found out about it, and the Post since yesterday’s news came out. Both things really make me want to cry. 😦

  1. So I don’t appear to be a complete cynic, I’ve heard they’ve truned a few defunct American Wall marts into public libraries. There is hope for the world yet. Best regards, and in interesting blog you have here. Bruce

    1. I know!! I used to spend hours in that bookshop with a cup of coffee in hand from Starbucks next door. I even worked at that Barnes and Noble for a short time. I’m really sad to see it’s gone. 😦

  2. I can’t get over that advert – “Hiring NEAT people now”!! NEAT people? Does that mean they have to have short hair, shaved faces and wear a collar and tie? Are they allowed to say that? Or does neat mean something else in the US?
    Just wondering xx

    1. Haha, Jude, you’re much more observant than I am! I didn’t even notice that. I wonder what they do mean by NEAT! Maybe it means “cool” people; that is another meaning in the U.S. after all. But maybe it means they really have to look neat and tidy, like you say!

    2. Oh Jude, I just looked at the sign again now and I think I know what they also might mean. Since the Container Store is all about selling containers to help people keep things in order, maybe it has a double meaning, having to do with being neat, tidy and organized, as well as cool! 🙂

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