The enduring relevance of the printed press was further amplified over the past few months with celebrations in the United Kingdom, here in the Cayman Islands and throughout the world marking the 70th anniversary of the reign of Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The multitude and variety of events with all their pomp and pageantry would otherwise be confined to the annals of historical archives alongside the official and personal memorabilia that makes this exceptional milestone in modern British and world history.
Amongst the volumes documenting and preserving this illustrious milestone for posterity, is the printed press.
Special editions, photo spreads, analyses of the abiding significance of the occasion and much more have all being dutifully documented, digitised - and also filed in their original hardcopy form - for ease of recall and access.
As a repository of events that mark the timeline of our lives, the tactile sensory experience of holding a printed newspaper which reported on an event or situation at which you were present or otherwise experienced at the time of its happening, continues to hold a place in our lives and societies.
It’s not an act of defiance that keeps the printed press alive.
It’s simply the sheer magnitude of its necessity proven in its dual role as a contemporary reporter of the times of our lives and archivist of the history that we continue to create, not just for us to look back and reflect on but for future generations to have a sense of perspective of what happened then and how it informs ‘the now’.
Caymanian Times newspaper is proud to be part of this enduring tradition.
Long may it live on. In fact, long will it live on…alongside the new technologies that it is committed to adapt to and embrace, but never losing its ‘touch’.