The End Of Newsprint
from the who-needs-it dept
Michael S. Malone is discovering that he no longer reads newspapers in newsprint. This may not sound all that surprising, but he’s yet another long time newspaper man, who’s suddenly realized that he has little need for newsprint. He’s still reading news, but he’s building his own paper: “a real-time assemblage of wire service stories, newspaper features, blogs, bulletin boards, columns, etc.” This is, of course, what some have been saying was happening for a while, and it’s clear that Malone has been building up to this. He’s recently written other stories about how the NY Times online would kill itself by charging and how news consumption has changed over the years, to the point that people now want to be a part of the news, rather than just consume it. It’s a lesson that those in the newspaper business need to understand. While it looks like some are figuring it out, others dismiss Malone’s concepts by saying that people have been predicting the death of newsprint for decades and it hasn’t happened. That certainly seems a little short-sighted… or rather, rear sighted. It seems that those folks are all about looking backwards, rather than looking forward, which doesn’t seem like the best strategy for avoiding future accidents.