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 Post subject: Letting Newspapers Die
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:43 am 
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Any thoughts on this?

http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/techtoni ... ?GT1=43002

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I think it doesn't really address the big problem - how the different economics of electronic delivery will affect funding for investigative journalism.

I would also question the statement that democracy predates newspapers - with the exception of a brief blip in ancient Greece, parliamentary democracy and newspapers (or the news and polemical pamphlets that preceded them) more or less co-evolved.

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Post the recent revelation that Mr Murdoch is to decide the next British government, I don't think it's so much a case of letting newspapers die as actively encouraging some of them :evil:

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but if they die
all those unemployed journos
will start writing Sci fi.


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So you're saying hacks will naturally be drawn to SF Roy?

Contentious :lol:

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I doubt they'll be able to afford to write SF, once they lose all those expense claims and free mini-breaks - oops, I mean research trips. :wink:

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Of course Pete, can't be a problem can it?


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Pete wrote:
hacks will naturally be drawn to SF


Well, maybe 'sci-fi', anyway...
After all, they've been making up shite for years!
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Tony wrote:
Pete wrote:
hacks will naturally be drawn to SF


Well, maybe 'sci-fi', anyway...
After all, they've been making up shite for years!
:wink:


But SF needs to be at least slightly believable. Most of the stuff I read in the papers isn't even that...


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You could probably make a case for journalists being genre writers who've found a way to get their work read by a mass audience without the inconvenience of having books stuck in the dwindling SF/F/H sections of Borderstones :lol:

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The libel lawyers are migrating from print to cyber:

http://www.davidosler.com/2009/10/kasch ... s_lib.html


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