The war against the media

(The animation has nothing to do with the post, I am just trying to boost readership. It is my Page 3….) The media are under attack. This has been going on for some time now. Only some of it is deserved. The media, especially print newspapers, are under attack on two fronts: from potential advertisers who have come to believe that print is becoming irrelevant and from those to the right side of the political spectrum who have begun to… I want to read more

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Newspapers and the 3 umpires

Three umpires were talking before a game: “Somes are balls and somes are strikes, and I call ’em as I see ’em.” “Somes are balls and somes are strikes, and I call them as they are.” “Somes are balls and somes are strikes, but they ain’t nothin’ til I call ’em. I use this little tale to get my students talking about critical thinking, scientific research, evidence and writing. But it has value beyond the classroom. One simple parsing of… I want to read more

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The demise of newspapers

Just catching up on all my online reading about the death of newspapers (hey, who has the time with that Twitter bell going off every three seconds and my 700 TweetLater links I get every 4 hours?….). I have to say that the essay that lays part of the blame at the late Ed Arnold’s feet by John Walter (http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=160817), former executive editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a founding editor at USA TODAY, is patently unfair and, I think,… I want to read more

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It’s just going to get worse

As I sat in on the deathwatch of my investments, watching as the Dow continued its downtick and my plans for retirement stretched into the evermore distant future, I realized that this could be the death knell for a number of newspapers. Sure enough, the next day The Wall Street Journal reported that the Star-Trib in Minneapolis was facing financial difficulties because credit was going to be hard to get and it was going to cost them more. Even good… I want to read more

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