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Newsprint [Mar. 18th, 2009|11:11 pm]
Yesterday, the Seattle PI printed its last daily edition. It exists now only as a news site on the web, employing only a fraction of its old reporting staff.

A while back, I'd said that I expected newspapers to vanish in the near future. I pegged it at five years, though that was a while ago and it's now about 4.5 remaining. To clarify, I'm thinking about daily printed newspapers, not coupon circulars and free ad gazettes.

It's an interesting battle between the archaic(?) machinery of distributing printed news versus the romanticism surrounding the product. The web is instant, two-way, and low-cost or free. Newspapers, though, represent entrenched journalism and standards that are not widespread on the web (yet). Will our need for established channels let them hang on in the face of superior technology? Will they adapt and evolve, as the Seattle P-I is doing, bringing their journalism ethic to the web and challenging other sites on their own terms?

I'm not anxious to see a demise of newspapers by any means but it's what I see in the cards. Perhaps I'm too cynical and quick to dismiss them... What do you think?

Poll #1367984 Print Newspapers

Most daily print newspapers will be gone...

even sooner!
within the next 4-5 years, yeah.
within the next 5-8 years.
within the next 8-15 years.
much later than you'd expect!

[User Picture]From: sabotlours
2009-03-19 02:04 pm (UTC)
I think the problem is that there was always something special about "the reporter." There was always a certain romanticism about the people that dug down deep to get to the facts. The Press had special badges that got you back stage or into the press conferences. What are we going to end up with? A whole bunch of bloggers? What separates us from the "fourth estate?"

If you think the Internet is a good place to get news and information, one only has to look at the clowns from Loose Change who put out that 9/11 conspiracy video. I saw people commenting things like, "Oooo! Thanks for finding out the truth!" when it was all a bunch of bullshit.

Perhaps a new position will arise and that instead of reporters there WILL be bloggers that act like them. The only problem is that the Internet seems to promote anonymity. Who said that? *shrugs* Some blogger. Perhaps that piece about why Obama will destroy this nation was put out by the Republican National Committee under some seemingly innocent name!

I think there will be some growing pains, but hopefully in the end we will still have folks doing the reporting and providing us with the truth and the facts.
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