Is this really the ‘biggest disruption in publishing history’?
Really? The first magazine I worked on was set in hot metal.
Since then, jobs that surrounded the print industry; compositors, photo headline-setting, b/w photographic labs, cow gum, typesetting, repro-houses, the four-pint lunch hour… (I could go on) have largely disappeared. The editorial designer has had to take up most of these professions.
Now we have ‘digital’ or ‘multi-platform delivery systems’. There’s no difference. Quality words and good pictures still need to be displayed in a relatively pleasing manner.
Just recognise that fact and pay us properly. It’s all we ask.