A Refreshing Viewpoint on the Future of Newspapers

May 20, 2009

Rather than belaboring the usual arguments about newspapers and democracy, what will become of our youth, what will I read at breakfast and so on, Beth Teitell in The Boston Globe offers a fun article called Save the Presses! OK Internet, Just Try Replacing Newspapers in these Situations (tip courtesy of The Future of Print blog).

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(Uncredited in the original, but presumably copyright 2009 The Boston Globe)

Ms. Teitell offers a total of 11 situations where we’ll miss our newsprint copy of the daily paper. My favorites include:

2. You can shed a tear right now for the iconic ransom note, with letters clipped from newspaper headlines. What’s a kidnapper to do? Print out letters at home using different fonts and point sizes?

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3. How are concerned neighbors supposed to figure out that the little old lady who lives alone is sick if the papers aren’t piling up on her doorstep? And how will burglars know which houses to target?

6. You know all that money you’re saving by not shelling out for a subscription? Well, put it aside for a good umbrella. You’ll need it the next time it rains without warning. Holding an iPhone over your head won’t exactly cut it.

Read ’em all.

A little comic relief is a wonderful thing in these grim times!

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Is THIS the Death of Newspapers?

December 23, 2008

I’ve tried to remain as dispassionate as possible regarding the ongoing screeches over the death of the newspaper. I’m not in denial: I know the situation is serious.

When folks like Mr. Zell bankrupt a communications empire, I do not necessarily regard this as a harbinger of things to come.

But when the The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News announce that they will stop home delivery four days of the week I think, oh my gosh, this is getting very serious.

If you are no longer even delivering the product, the situation is beyond serious: it’s a crisis.

OK it’s Detroit. Et cetera. But that doesn’t make the announcement much more palatable. This kind of announcement signifies the end of the printed version of newspapers in Detroit. Will it spread? I don’t know, but tell me why it won’t?

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