FT Deutschland, the Financial Times’ German edition founded just 12 years ago, will publish it’s final issue today.
To mark the occasion, it went very dark — and also slightly unhinged.
First, they put up this cartoon, in which the newsseller says, “A good newspaper? I’d recommend FT Deutschland” — to which the Grim Reaper responds, “Great. I’ll take it.”
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And here is the final front page.
It says: “In the end, dark.”
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It turns out their entire homepage is dedicated to the paper’s end, and there’s a lot of other weird stuff going on, including pictures of a dogleash to represent the “authoritarian” nature of the group’s PR regime, and a picture of the entire newsroom bowing en masse in supplication to its “dearest readers and advertisers” for failing to make a viable product.