by Mike Masnick
Thu, Apr 16th 2009 6:48pm
We've been reading all these "obituaries" for newspapers, with people whining and complaining about what a huge loss it is and how democracy will suffer. To many of us, we've been hearing these complaints for quite some time... but perhaps we didn't realize that they go way back to at least 91 years ago. Romenesko points us to a story in Slate discussing an article from 1918 lamenting how many newspapers were dying off, and how it would be that much more difficult to keep politicians in check with fewer newspapers watching their every move. And... that was back in the days of yellow journalism and corrupt politicians who had an even chummier relationship with certain publishers than they do today. All in all, the point should be clear: just because some newspapers go out of business, it doesn't mean the end of journalism. It never has.