Yesterday's announcement that our local newspaper is cutting back to three print editions per week should not have been a surprise to anyone. Most people get their news online these days. I haven't had a newspaper delivered here in years, except for some promotional copies that I didn't want. Print media of every kind is dying. In a few years, there will be no more books, newspapers, magazines. For better or worse, electronic media is replacing it.
Electronic media has big challenges, too. I finally hit the New York Times pay firewall yesterday. Don't care. I'll look elsewhere for material. I don't think their model is going to work until a lot of consolidation happens. Personally, I don't think there is enough advertising and subscription revenue in that market to support more than a few outlets. That business used to be cutthroat. We've entered the next level.
5 song iTunes shuffle:
- America - Simon & Garfunkel - Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits
- In This Place - Robin Trower - Bridge Of Sighs
- Heading Out To The Highway (Live) - Judas Priest - Living After Midnight
- Baba O'Riley - The Who - Who's Next
- War Pigs/Luke's Wall - Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Quote of the Day
Anybody who has had the pleasure of living in New Orleans and working at The Picayune feels like there's always a tie there. Even though I've been gone almost 18 years, it continues to be the place that shaped me the most professionally and the place for which I have the most affection.
Blog of the day is here.
Quote from said blog: "The Times-Picayune, a 175-year-old fixture in New Orleans and a symbol of the city’s gritty resilience during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, has buckled under the pressures of the modern newspaper market."