Vanishing Yearbooks

There was a good, but sad article in the Houston Chronicle yesterday about how Facebook and Myspace are  killing yearbooks.  But I think it is more that students feel they can make their own memories.  Cameras used to be expensive, so was film and developing.  Now digital cameras are relatively cheap and – well that’s it they are cheap.  Most students have one.  They take pictures of their own friends and – yes the internet hurts too because they can store photos online at places like social sites or Flickr, etc.  So, I think it is the digital camera more than the web sites that are killing yearbooks.


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  1. Thanks for pointing me to this story. It made me feel somewhat better when I read of the Texas school with a population of 2400 who only sells 300 books. We have 2700 and right now I have sold 240, the lowest number ever. However, kids are coming in daily asking to buy a book at my highest rate–$85. I’m hoping the economic stimulus package will give some of our poorer kids funds to use for this.

    I teach at a very historical school, our yearbooks go back to 1896, and each one is a historical piece of the city. At one time I had thought we too should stop producing a yearbook, but I now realize that can’t happen. Almost every week I get calls and emails asking for something from an old yearbook. I also sell the old books and can make a couple of thousand $$ every year from that.

    I just pulled the ’09 book from the vault–the 1909 book that is–to show my students. It helps them to understand their role in the pages of history.

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