Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Are newspapers doomed?

Reports of the dwindling in newspaper circulation are alarming.

What was once a major source of news and information now has to compete with television, radio, and the internet (not only news sites but now also blogs).

The other forms of media offer sound bite packages of information. There is nothing like a newspaper for in depth analysis (except for specialised intellectual journals and magazines).

We love the Saturday newspapers in this house. Saturday is the big day for newspapers in Australia, similar to Sunday in the US and UK. My human brings back for me the local paper (The Canberra Times which is nothing like its quality Washington counterpart), the Sydney paper (The Sydney Morning Herald) and the national paper (The Australian, a Murdoch flagship). The opinions, analyses and letters to the editor are much better considered compared to the other media like talk back radio. And then there are the glossy magazines inserted in SMH and Aust which are really cool.

With a newspaper, you can take a break and return to the article, re-read it, and keep it for later reference. Of course being a cat, I rely on my human to yell out "listen to this Keiser...", otherwise he leaves it on the floor for me to read later.

It is such a shame that newspapers are losing their share of readers to other forms of media.

Check out - 'Are Newspapers Doomed?' by Joseph Epstein in Commentary which is a very interesting article.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Today started out as a warm day. Then it rained around midday which cooled things down but not inside the house.

Devi came over in the evening for a poached salmon salad. It was still too warm for me to sit on her lap.


Blogger The chick said...

We love the papers too in our household. They are great to lie on and make such a lovely noise.

Thursday, 12 January, 2006  

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