Spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #614 below:
Over the years, Peter Parker's photography job has become an iconic, defining aspect of the Spider-Man mythos, but what happens in a day and age when anyone can take Parker-quality photos with a cell phone, and real-life newspapers are facing extinction?
For whatever reason, the Spider-writers have definitively moved away from the newsroom milieu in Amazing Spider-Man #614, where an amped-up Electro destroyed the DB building during his attempt to blackmail Dexter Bennett. Spider-Man, Bennett and J. Jonah Jameson were all in the building when it came tumbling down, and Bennett was critically injured. The Daily Bugle status quo has been in turmoil since the beginning of “Brand New Day”, when Jameson lost control of the Bugle, and things moved even further from the norm with JJJ’s surprise election as Mayor of New York, now this would appear to nail shut the coffin.
For longtime readers, Jonah’s mayoral win was surprising, but blunted by the assumption that at some point, everything would revert to normal, as they tend to in comics. Comic readers have been trained to expect a reversion to the status quo after drastic changes, and all things being otherwise equal, Jonah would most likely soon be back at the Bugle, screaming at Peter about needing pix for his latest Spider-Man Menace article. In this particular case, however, real world events may provide the finality that fiction usually won't. Newspapers ain't healthy, folks.