16 March 2009

The Death of Print Media

The Seattle P-I is set to publish its last edition Tuesday

Bummer.   It was the better of the two papers in Seattle.   Though, truthfully, I'm more or less ready to stop reading the dead-tree editions anyway.  I've always enjoyed sitting down with the paper and coffee, but except for the comics, I've been getting all my news on the web for the past few years.   Then both local papers recently shrank quite a bit and rolled several sections together.   I suppose it made sense from a cost perspective, but seemed destructive from a business perspective -- your business model is outmoded and the customer base is shrinking, and you think that giving us less product is the way to become profitable again?   Sheesh.

For that matter, the only reason I can think of to keep getting the print editions is as a sort of civic-duty subsidy to keep local investigative journalism alive.   Which isn't much of a reason, I must admit.

I don't think this will be the last major publication to shut its doors.   Kind of sad -- the end of an era.  


2 comments:

John said...

but remember: a vote for dan savage is a vote for...something or other

Healthcare Observer said...

'For that matter, the only reason I can think of to keep getting the print editions is as a sort of civic-duty subsidy to keep local investigative journalism alive. Which isn't much of a reason, I must admit.'

Really? Seems like a very powerful reason to help local democracy and check corruption.