Log in

No account? Create an account
15 March 2009 @ 09:47 pm
wisdom in surprising places  
One of the best summations of why print media, particularly newspapers, are dying, on Gawker of all things. From Clay Shirky:

"The expense of printing created an environment where Wal-Mart was willing to subsidize the Baghdad bureau. This wasn't because of any deep link between advertising and reporting, nor was it about any real desire on the part of Wal-Mart to have their marketing budget go to international correspondents. It was just an accident."

"Print media does much of society's heavy journalistic lifting, from flooding the zone - covering every angle of a huge story - to the daily grind of attending the City Council meeting, just in case. This coverage creates benefits even for people who aren't newspaper readers, because the work of print journalists is used by everyone from politicians to talk radio hosts to bloggers. The newspaper people often note that newspapers benefit society as a whole. This is true, but irrelevant to the problem at hand; "You're gonna miss us when we're gone!" has never been much of a business model."
Never mess with the sacred chickenslesbiassparrow on March 16th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
For a model that has only really had large reach for 5-10 years, the blogosphere is very cocky about its ability to replace print media. Which is sort of what that article is saying, I guess. (Though I'd be more confident if they were better informed about the circulation of printed material post Gutenburg.)