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Michael F. Martin

Recently Rupert Murdoch had to decide whether he would make the content of the WSJ free online (as does the NYT), or whether, instead, it would continue to be offered on a subscription basis. After studying the numbers carefully, his decision was to keep it on a subscription basis.

Some of the traditional newspapers have been wiped out by the flood of dumb money into "new media." Once the dumb money dries up, there will still be a huge market for the well-edited and well-written content that we used to have from major newspapers during the Watergate Era.

This is the best of times (in terms of cost) and the worst of times (in terms of time). You can still get really good content by sifting through the many blogs out there and collating them into a customized feed. But in effect, you're paying with your time for the editing that used to get done offline.

People are going to figure this out eventually and subscription based business models will return.

ionides

Newspapers have one advantage: they are finite. You can read one from cover to cover, selectively if desired. You get to the end. Online perusal--with links--is infinite, and you never get the satisfaction of completing the day's news. That is why I read printed text books, even though online equivalents exist.

Mike Hunter

This is the best of times (in terms of cost) and the worst of times (in terms of time). You can still get really good content by sifting through the many blogs out there and collating them into a customized feed. But in effect, you're paying with your time for the editing that used to get done offline.

While you are in a sense paying with your time when you set things up, but; once you have a feed set up you don't really have to worry about anything else.

Even the initial set up isn't that time consuming. I already had a handful of blogs I found via friends, or websites that I occasionally visited, and I found a couple more quality blogs / feeds via google readers' suggestions based on what I already subscribed to.

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Michael F. Martin

Mike,

I am also a ravenous consumer of RSS feeds.

But the each feed itself is a product of editing and fact-checking by the blogger.

Mass media isn't going to disappear. It's going to disperse.

Serena Zhu

Discussion over the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet compared with reading materials presented on papers has been on for a long time and in my opinion the final conclusion can not appear in a short time.But thanks for your article because it reminds me of another perspective to think of the future of newspapers and other similar things.

Jack

Mike you have me wondering how good most folks are at being their own editor and self-selecting "quality blogs". While you and I would surely be very objective in our selections I wonder if the self-selected "feeds" in a nation of generally poorly educated people is likely to create varying "truths" that continue to create increasing division largely based on the false premises and conclusions spawned by a lack of debate and responsible editing.

RJ

While you and I would surely be very objective in our selections I wonder if the self-selected "feeds" in a nation of generally poorly educated people is likely to create varying "truths" that continue to create increasing division largely based on the false premises and conclusions spawned by a lack of debate and responsible editing.

Responsible editing? Doesn't exist in the major newspapers.

Jack

RJ: "Responsible editing? Doesn't exist in the major newspapers."

Let's consider: Be it the WSJ, NYTimes, or other major papers the reportage in the news section is typically, at least factually accurate and when it isn't or a fraud is purposely committed, heads roll. The op-ed section is clearly labeled as such and most papers offer the opinions of an array of pundits.

But out there in the wilds of the net how does one "selecting their feeds" sort the wheat from the chaff? Who purges the "news" of "Barrack being a Muslim" or "McCain has a "black" baby?"

As posted, I'd like to see newsmen dig deeper into our most important issues. If the democratic republic is to survive we have to make the best decisions possible on a wide range of hugely important issues over the next few years and I doubt that's going to happen with folks "feeding" themselves with what they want to hear, or that which fits best with, often, worn out ideology that was flawed to begin with. I guess I'd have to ask for more detail as to how you think major papers are irresponsibly edited?

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