The casualty of journalism's collapse? New York City as centre of communications gravity.

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Here is an interesting piece from Showbiz 411, lamenting the cuts and losses of several glossies. New York magazine, Vanity Fair, People, and the mention of the woes of Vanity Fair’s sister publication Vogue.

That list is interesting. The New York Daily News is bleeding as well, but New York isn’t just any city in the US: it is the publishing mecca, and it set the trend for many things over the decades, and now its power is rapidly eroding.

It is losing its patriarchal grip on communications, meaning everything is up for grabs. New York determined what is considered cool, good writing, witty, engaging, important, chic, sophisticated, and set the narrative on what we think about, who we think about, and what we think about them.

It is no longer the case, and that means consolidating a power base becomes that much harder. There is a whiff of defeatism already, and it can no longer just ride on the coattails of its zip code. It should be no surprise that the new generation there are already waving the flag, demanding pensions at 30 in an indirect way — it is a mere reflection of the aging and faded clout of a once invincible city, and what happens next will be interesting to see…