wendylbolm

Don’t Panic!

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2008 at 2:22 am

I just read a post by The Journalism Iconoclast, in which Pat Thornton tells journalists to panic.

The whole affair reminds me of the beginning of Hitchhiker’s Guide when Arthur’s house is being demolished to make room for a new highway. He realizes too late that there is nothing he can do to save his home from certain doom.

Then, instead of sticking around to save the house, he is saved by a far-thinking individual who speeds him off earth before the whole planet is destroyed.

One of the problems with newspapers now is they can only think about their particular newspaper being saved without looking any farther than their own noses. They want to take baby steps when a major overhaul of the whole process is needed.

It’s rather funny, really.

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  1. The internet is really leveling the playing field, and not just for newspapers.It’s something that was easily brushed aside for years, with people saying that it wasn’t a force because not everybody could get access to it.Now, at least around here, it’s unusual for people NOT to have internet access.A computer is almost as standard as a telephone.

    Older media, such as newspapers, seem to be waking up to that fact a little too late.The main thing newspapers have going for them now is take-anywhere convenience and the fact that you can’t line a bird cage or pack china with the internet.

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