The Onion is halting its print version in Chicago and its two other remaining markets with its Dec. 12 issue. The newsweekly was 25 years old and is survived by its website and a new creative service for advertisers.
“It’s sad to see a print edition no longer exist, but it’s important to see the Onion succeed,” Mike McAvoy, president of Chicago-based Onion Inc., said in an interview.
The satiric newspaper, available at its peak in 17 markets, is now given away in just three cities: Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence, R.I. It is known for headlines such as "Giant burrito to solve all of area man’s problems for six precious minutes." and "New documentary reveals SeaWorld forced orca whales to perform nude."
That stinks for print readers, but on the plus side, the company itself is doing well. Problem is, nearly all of its successes are online these days.
14:16 // 4 months ago
In other words, The Onion has figured out a way to do a high-wire trick: they’ve made moral outrage funny (without slipping into moralizing, as “The Daily Show” sometimes does). It’s not always laugh-out-loud; the site’s most trenchant commentary is often rather mordant and can rub some people the wrong way.”Men Are the Best,” went one angrily sarcastic column “authored” by the women who’d been locked in a Cleveland basement for a decade. But The Onion structurally bypasses the worst failing of many an op-ed columnist: taking themselves too seriously.
In case you’re wondering what “The Onion” actually does in a way that’s specifically spelled out for you.
19:35 // 6 months ago