From the Ashes of Newspapers . . .

by on March 10, 2009 · 5 comments

. . . grow magazines! Custom digital magazines!

I recently wrote on Cato@Liberty that we should not mourn the passing of business models. Tim Lee extolled the virtues of creative destruction here, in response to a Jim DeLong piece in The American preparing the obituary for the news business and predicting its replacement by government-sponsored news.

  • http://shaylagrace.com Shayla Grace

    They should have expected the newspapers to change with the rest of the world. So you subscribe online and get your news online now, what's the big deal?

  • http://russellcavanagh.com/2/ On the Money

    I agree, largely. Newspapers have declined for a number of reasons, many in your post and its links, and a major culprit is watered down content attempting to be homogeneous. Also, I know for a fact that one of the UK's major national newspapers – currently well known for being in financial crisis – is being written mainly by interns (…!!!).

    Yet what of local papers? A 2007 TMP survey showed people trust adverts they find in local papers 77% more than those they see on TV or the internet. I must admit that I little care if national newspapers disappear but it would be nice to retain a local rag (though they are folding right, left & centre too) to relax my screen-strained eyes on while munching croissants and drinking freshly-ground on Sunday mornings …

  • http://russellcavanagh.com/2/ On the Money

    I agree, largely. Newspapers have declined for a number of reasons, many in your post and its links, and a major culprit is watered down content attempting to be homogeneous. Also, I know for a fact that one of the UK's major national newspapers – currently well known for being in financial crisis – is being written mainly by interns (…!!!).

    Yet what of local papers? A 2007 TMP survey showed people trust adverts they find in local papers 77% more than those they see on TV or the internet. I must admit that I little care if national newspapers disappear but it would be nice to retain a local rag (though they are folding right, left & centre too) to relax my screen-strained eyes on while munching croissants and drinking freshly-ground on Sunday mornings …

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