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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I'm Sure We'll Be Hearing About This

A Carnegie Corporation study concluded that the average age of newspaper readers is 55. Star Tribune:
Many papers have been losing circulation at alarming rates across all age groups.

Newspaper profits and the stock prices of the companies that own them were also down during the first half of 2005. The biggest newspapers are cutting staffs, closing foreign bureaus and taking other steps to meet their owners' profit goals.

Most of these dire trends are nothing new. Deep thinkers have prophesied for years that newspapers are on a glide path to irrelevance or extinction.

Since the advent of the Internet, a common version of the doom forecasts has the ink-on-paper news being supplanted by something not-quite-yet-describable on the Web.
I'm sure this explains why Al Gore can get a lot of great coverage in newspapers for making speeches about how reading newspapers is essential to our democracy.

It's the access to information that matters, not the source. Newspapers (and other MSM entities) attempt to continue to act as gatekeepers even after the gates have been removed have accelerated the demise.
You're right.

Anyway, forums, blogging and all the new stuff that has popped up seems to be about as accessible and democratic as you can get.

I think we're at least lowering information and access barriers in an unprecedented way.
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