Comments: An important week

I don't think mainstream media is going any where. It's going to have to change, obviously, but the media can do many things that we in the blogsphere just can't do - like hire 200 stringers to be on the ground when a story breaks.

I think there biggest mistake was making their content free on the internet. From a business stand point it makes no sense. Why would I pay 50 cents for a hard copy at the newsstand or 30 cents for home delivery when I can log onto my computer and read it all (plus not have a stack of newspapers to throw out every couple of days)?

Then again, I think you may be onto something with the bias thing.

Posted by KG at September 20, 2005 11:29 PM

Well, WRT charging for content, in most cases the content is only available for a short time. If you buy the paper, you can keep it a week before you read it. Paying for your convenience so to speak.

I agree that the MSM will always be around, or, at least for a very long time, but I suspect that it is beginning to be diminished, and hindsight will show that this is the beginning of some concrete decline. Certainly I know several people who are less likely to watch the network news now that they don't have a "familiar face" to tune to every night....

Posted by caltechgirl at September 20, 2005 11:34 PM

You may be onto something. This bears pondering.

I mean, when I moved to LA in 1999, the LA Times was my primary news source. Now, I often recycle the paper without reading it.

The media has drifted so far left that today in a 7-11, I saw a Time with a cover story on whether or not it is too late to win the war. Don't they realize we are winning, it's just the media reports which focus on body counts while ignoring the actual military campaigns.

Posted by Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest) at September 21, 2005 12:29 AM

Yeah, I remember my father cutting out from the dinner table every night to watch Walter Cronkite. It was the daily ritual, along with the daily papers (morning & evening).

We only get our local paper on weekends now, because weekday issues were going to the recycle bin unread.

Very interesting what's going on at the Times. For a recent work project, someone I'm working with wanted to link to a relevant NYTimes article & couldn't do so for free after 7 or 10 days (don't recall which). It's like they're holding "their news" hostage.

Posted by Marie at September 21, 2005 05:02 AM