The US newspaper industry is looking like a spotted dick. The single blue spot (medium sized, over on the right, top quartile area) is the only one with growth, all other spots indicate readership decline.
It's impossible to fold a piece of paper in half more than eight times.
Unless you fold in accordance with the right equation, for example, like so:
In which case, the fact of not being able to fold a piece of paper in half more than eight times becomes a lie, replaced with the new fact of not being able to fold a piece of paper in half more than 12 times.
That's something to think about next time you buy a newspaper, because they're folding ... err ... exactly like paper.
With some Interwebs business models turning out to be plastic turkeys (previous post), old media has long been sucking up the ugly reality of a receding readership like a bald man and his comb-over.
Most pundits and the unwashed commentariat have long done a little rain dance on the not yet dead print media, even while relying solely on such for their own spleen venting. The exceptions are not blogs in the amatuer sense, they're news sites with traditional journalists being paid in the traditional manner, to go forth and report on the traditional things - for such sites (mostly counted on one hand) being published online and not in hardcopy is the only break with the tried and true nonpartisan reporting tradtion. What's also missing, other than paper, is long term investigations and depth of analysis.
This comment, in full glorious ignorance, is apparently where we're heading:
"Come on, folks, it's not 1920. We can actually get along without newspapers. There are so many other ways to communicate that are faster, cheaper, and just as effective. Besides, if the market can't support a newspaper - or for that matter, a car dealership, an opera, or a locally-owned bank - then so be it. The public has spoken."
Because, sure, newspapers are about "communicating", and you can do that on Twitter with only 140 characters. So there! The public has spoken and the words are brief and free.
On the Interwebs, everyone is equal, and partisan opinion-puff fights it out to the death. And while so occupied, no one provides checking or balancing of organisations that rule, and sometimes ruin, the world.
The fourth estate exists for a reason, with its diminishing force civility - and reason - will be lost.
NYTs - As cities go from two papers to one, talk of zero