Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The future of newspapers (cont'd.) ...

... is considered at Petrona: Newspapers in Trouble? Maxine links to a piece by Glenn Reynolds at TCS daily (we can't escape Glenn these days). Money quote:

... I'd stop insulting readers. As Malone notes, many newspapers lean left; they're out of touch, as numerous surveys demonstrate, with the attitudes of most Americans. Often, like George Clooney (spokesman for another declining industry), they celebrate this disconnect. They shouldn't. People don't like being preached to, or manipulated, and they are increasingly unwilling to pay for that now that they have alternatives. So stop; give them the news, with as little bias as possible.

Fill your publication with interesting stories about things people don't know about yet and they will keep coming back


  1. Of course, what is considered "left" in the United States would in most English-speaking countries be considered High Tory. Of non-English-speaking countries I won't even comment.

  2. Personally, I am not too bothered about what political persuasion they are so long as they still print them on paper!

  3. I agree; I love the serendipity of paper. My own feeling is that newspapers do not need to be fair (by which, these days, we mostly mean politically unbiased), they only have to be free. I think some of those who are licking their chops and rubbing their hands with glee over the prospect of the decline of "MSM" -- you can detect the glee in the tone of many comments in blogs -- will come to regret their passing. Be careful what you wish for is the truest of cliches.